7 POC board members sue PHISGOC

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    TURNOVER: Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee chief operating officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara (from left), PHISGOC chair Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and POC president Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino grace the turnover of the 30th SEA Games Final Report Book at SM Aura.

    SEVEN members of the Philippine Olympic Committee Executive Board on Tuesday filed a civil complaint to compel the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee to produce its report, including the audited financial statements, on its handling and management of the 30th SEA Games that ended on Dec. 11, 2019.

    PHISGOC president and chief operating officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara was named the lone respondent. The seven complainants said Suzara failed to comply with the POC general assembly resolution of Sept. 30 to submit the report last Oct. 10.

    Signing the complaint were POC chairman Steve Hontiveros, first vice president Joey Romasanta, second vice president Col. (ret). Jeff Tamayo, treasurer Julian Camacho, auditor Jonne Go, and board members Robert Mananquil and Atty. Clint Aranas of billiards and snooker and archery, respectively.

    By a vote of six for, four against and two abstentions, the POC board, during its online meeting last Oct. 30, approved the move to file the civil suit against PHISGOC in keeping with the Sept. 30 POC general resolution.

    Unable to gain a certification of the board decision from POC secretary Atty. Ed Gastanes, who was present during the session but was among those who opposed the motion, the group got one from Hontiveros as the presiding officer and signed by the other six board members.