THE Philippine Olympic Committee election committee has allowed Association of Boxing Alliances of
the Philippines president Ricky Vargas and Philcycling head and Tagaytay City Rep. Abraham ‘Bambol’
Tolentino to run as president and chairman, respectively, on election set today.
The decision to let Vargas and Tolentino to run was made yesterday by the election
committee chaired by former International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative to the Philippines
A portion of the omnibus ruling/resolution read: “The POC election committee hereby rules to
allow Mr. Victorico P. Vargas and Rep. Abraham N. Tolentino to vie for the positions of the POC
president and POC chairman respectively in the February 23, 2018 elections.”
The ruling means Vargas will formally challenge incumbent Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco for the
presidency this afternoon at the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City.
Incidentally, the same body chaired by Elizalde barred Vargas and Tolentino from running in
the 2016 POC elections after not meeting the ‘active member’ criteria, leading to a court case and a
court order from the Pasig Regional Trial Court to hold a reelection.
In the end, the POC election committee ruled that the court order stands.
“Considering the judicial declaration of nullity of the November 25, 2016 elections and
inclusion of Vargas and Tolentino in the list of candidates, the POC Election Committee opened the
nomination and allowed the previously disqualified candidates to confirm their participation in the
elections,” the omnibus ruling/resolution stated.