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Snap POC election set for July 5

By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA—In hopes of finally putting the issues within the Philippine Olympic Commitee to an end, the said organization agreed to hold a special election on July 5 for all the crucial electoral posts that are set to be declared vacant.

This after most of the members of the POC board, including current president Joey Romasanta and chairman Bambol Tolentino, announced on Tuesday that they will step down from their posts.

"This is a move forward to unity," said POC board member Clint Aranas, who alongside Romasanta and Tolentino presided a press conference that took place after the POC general assembly.

Aranas also let go of his post as well as Auditor Jonne Go, Treasurer Julian Camacho, and Board Members Cynthia Carrion and Peping Cojuangco, the former president.

Vice President Antonio Tamayo and Board Members Prospero Pichay and Robert Mananquil were not in attendance during the assembly, casting questions on whether they will relinquish their posts as well or not.

Romasanta, the president of the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, took over the POC presidency after ABAP president Ricky Vargas resigned following a row that stemmed from him co-incorporating the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee Foundation, which did not sit well with most of the POC board.

[Related Story: Ricky Vargas steps down as POC head]

But as aforementioned, he too is leaving.

"I've done what I can for Philippine sports. I've made my mark in Philippine sports. I guess it's about time for others to be considered and at the same time given the opportunity to serve," said Romasanta, who has been leading a sports organization for 34 years.

Frank Elizalde will lead the electoral process with Al Agra among those who will help him.

"The faster we can do an election, we can unify faster and regroup. We get a fresh mandate. At that time, wala nang bickering and everything hopefully," continued Aranas.

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