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Tats Suzara named chief of new volleyball body

Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino (sixth from left) joins newly elected president Ramon “Tats” Suzara (fifth from left) for a photo opportunity. Also in photo are (from left) Atty. Wharton Chan, Yul Benosa, Rod Roque, Atty. Edwin Gastanes, Donaldo Caringal, Charo Soriano and Ricky Palou. At the back is Atty.Billy Sumahui. Nonie Reyes/PNVFI
By Dugout Philippines

PARANAQUE--Tats Suzara was elected president of the newly-formed volleyball association to be known as the Philippine National Volleyball Federation Inc.

Suzara, representing the Alliances of Philippine Volleyball Inc., won the inaugural PNVFI elections, which took place on Monday at the East Ocean Palace Restaurant here, unchallenged with 31 votes, essentially getting the nod of everyone who cast their vote.

“I will do my best as the new president,” Suzara said after the Philippine Olympic Committee formally proclaimed winners in the elections.

The POC supervised the first PNVFI election with Secretary General Atty. Edwin Gastanes and Accreditation and Membership Committee Head Atty. Billy Sumagui overseeing the proceedings.

Arnel Hajan of the Philippine Volleyball Federation was elected vice president with 30 votes.

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas Inc. secretary general Ariel Paredes was elected chairman with 30 votes and Donaldo Caringal also of the alliance was named secretary general also with with 31 votes.

Rod Roque, also of LVPI and the UAAP, was elected treasurer and PVF’s Yul Benosa as auditor.

Also elected were board members Ricky Palou, Tony Boy Liao, Karl Chan, Charo Soriano, Carmela Gamboa, NCAA’s Fr. Vic Calvo and POC representative to the board Atty. Wharton Chan.

"I have the board and the other stakeholders who are there to support. We are all here to uplift Philippine volleyball," Suzara further said.

“We are thankful to all the stakeholders. We’ve been longing for this and the true winner here is Philippine volleyball,” added POC president Bambol Tolentino.

Suzara said he would use his affiliation and influence in the FIVB and the Asian Volleyball Confederation for more support to Philippine volleyball.

Only one registered voter failed to submit his "drive-thru" ballot.

The POC executive board is expected to approve the result of the elections when it meets on Wednesday, while Tolentino said the new association will be officially recognized during the POC general assembly on Thursday.

Tolentino said the POC will then submit an official report to the FIVB, which is expected to officially recognize the PNVFI during its online world congress from Feb. 5-7.

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