8 members of POC board to hold meeting

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    EIGHT members of the 13-man Philippine Olympic Committee Executive Board are set to tackle today the remaining amendments to the POC constitution and by-laws despite the possible absence of POC president Rep. Bambol and some other board members.

    “We will push through with the virtual meeting even if our president is present or not,” said board member Atty. Clint Aranas of archery on behalf of the group, invoking Sections 3 and 4 of Article 8 of the POC by-laws.

    Section 3 states that “notice of meetings of the Executive Board, whether regular or special, shall be sent to members at least five days in advance of the date set for the meeting with all related documents.”

    Section 4 says that “the president, upon his own instance, or a majority of its members upon a written request addressed to the secretary general, may call for a special meeting of the Executive Board.”

    POC board member Robert Mananquil of billiards and snooker said he formally wrote POC secretary general Atty. Ed Gastanes last July 29 to request for another session on Aug. 10 after the July 24 board meeting ended in an impasse over two key amendments.

    These were setting an age cap to exclude candidates aged 70 and above from running for POC positions as well as the composition of the POC board, which would be enforced in time for the polls of the local Olympic body scheduled in November.

    Besides Aranas and Mananquil, signing the July 29 letter were POC chairman Steve Hontiveros, first vice president Joey Romasanta, second vice president Col. (ret.) Jeff Tamayo, treasurer Julian Camacho, auditor Jonne Go and Cynthia Carrion, an ally of Tolentino, of gymnastics.

    Instead of following the instructions of the majority of the board members, Gastanes suggested  in his correspondence to the group last Aug. 5 to have a caucus instead among themselves “at a date and time most convenient to all.”

    Aranas said the majority board members wrote the POC secretary-general another letter last Friday calling for the special board meeting on Monday, Aug. 10, “to discuss and hopefully reach a consensus on the technical working group’s proposed amendments to the POC articles of incorporation and by-laws” during the online special session.