KNOWN for his shrewd judgment, athletics chief Philip Ella Juico is not one to throw his support behind just any Tom, Dick and Harry.
Juico has thrown his absolute backing on Atty. Clint Aranas, the World Archery Philippines president, who will seek the Philippine Olympic Committee top post against incumbent Rep. Bambol Tolentino on Nov. 27.
“Atty. Clint and I are in sync. He has the intellectual capacity and proven track record of success in his profession,” noted Juico, the former Philippine Sports Commission chairman who will run on the ticket of Aranas as first vice president.
“He (Aranas) is against all odds in developing the sport of archery. He is capable and easy to work with so I support him,” Juico added during the press conference last Saturday where the archery head presented his full ticket.
Completing the ticket of the former Government Surety and Insurance System president and general manager are weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella, a veteran sports hand, as auditor, while his candidates for directors are Robert Bachmann (squash), Robert Mananquil (billiards and snooker) and Atty. Charlie Ho (netball).
Aranas also tapped muay thai secretary general Pearl Managuelod, who is officially on the Tolentino slate, as a common candidate for the POC Executive Board.
Aranas had earlier named POC chairman Steve Hontiveros, treasurer Julian Camacho, both incumbents, and rugby secretary general Ada Milby, an independent candidate, as his running mates for first vice president and second vice president, respectively.
“I envision ourselves to be a working POC board,” Aranas said, “and intend to bring the POC closer and in touch with the NSAs.”
He said the POC’s role “should be an ambassador of Philippines sports to the community. Unless we know our roles, we shall never know what to do.”