Rules for POC polls discussed today


    THE Philippine Olympic Committee electoral committee holds an online meeting today among the participating National Sports Associations to discuss and lay down the ground rules for the POC polls on Nov. 27 at the East Ocean Restaurant in Paranaque.

    With media allowed to observe the proceedings, the online meeting is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. as the electoral committee led by Atty. Teodoro Kalaw III briefs the NSAs on the guidelines and other matters concerning the political exercise.

    Other members of the committee are UP president Atty. Danilo Concepcion and Frank Elizalde, the former International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines.

    POC president Rep. Bambol Tolentino is running for reelection and is being challenged by archery chief and POC executive board member Atty. Clint Aranas.

    On the ticket of Tolentino are triathlon head Tom Carrasco, who is running for chairman; basketball president Al Panlilio, first vice president; modern pentathlon and fencing head Richard Gomez, second vice president; gymnastics chief Cynthia Carrion, treasurer; and  baseball honcho Chito Loyzaga, auditor.

    Running for POC board members in Tolentino’s slate are windsurfing head Dr. Raul Canlas, judo chief Dave Carter, chess president Rep. Prospero Pichay Jr. and muay thai secretary general Pearl Managuelod.

    On Aranas’ roster are athletics incumbent POC chairman Steve Hontiveros, who is eyeing the same post; athletics chief Philip Ella Juico, first vice president; rugby secretary general Ada Milby, second vice president; treasurer Julian Camacho and weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella, auditor.

    Netball head Atty. Charlie Ho, squash chief Robert Bachmann, billiards secretary general Robert Mananquil and POC second vice president Col. (ret.) Jeff Tamayo are running for directors under Aranas’ slate.

    There will be 54 voters during the POC polls:  51 POC regular members, two representatives from the POC Athletes Commission and IOC Executive Board member Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski, also the Equestrian Association of the Philippines president.

    Expected to be discussed is the possibility for some voters and candidates to cast their ballots online, among them Juico, Puentevella and Gomez.

    Juico, who underwent an operation last January, and Puentevella are both over 70 while Puentevella and Gomez are based in Bacolod and Ormoc, respectively.

    The Tolentino and Aranas camps have been given until Friday by the electoral committee to file their respective protests against potential ineligible candidates and voters.