Tolentino: They’re playing politics


    PHILIPPINE Olympic Committee president and Rep. Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino on Wednesday said seven members of the POC Executive Board who have sued the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee are merely playing politics in a bid to win votes in the POC polls set on Nov. 27.

    “It is definitely 101 percent (pure politics). It is just a political stand,” Tolentino said during the official unveiling of the Philippines 2019 Southeast Asian Games Final Report book at the Kalayaan Hall of the SM Aura in Taguig City.

    “Why do you sue PHISGOC? It didn’t refuse to submit its financial and periodic reports. It’s because PHISGOC isn’t done yet with its report and that’s why it is not submitting anything yet, it’s as simple as that,” he added.

    The camp of archery head Atty. Jesus Clint Aranas, Tolentino’s lone opponent for the presidency, and six other board members filed on Tuesday before the Pasig City Regional Trial Court a specific performance suit against PHISGOC.

    The seven said that PHISCOG should have submitted a financial report to the POC as stated in a memorandum of agreement among the organizing committee, the POC and the Philippine Sports Commission.

    Backing Aranas in the suit were POC first vice president JoseRomasanta, second vice president Jeff Tamayo, treasurer Julian Camacho, auditor Jonne Go, board member Robert Mananquil and chairman Steve Hontiveros.

    Tolentino said that PHISGOC didn’t violate any provision of the tripartite agreement because it was done paying suppliers only last Sept. 4 after receiving the last tranche of government support from the PSC.

    “How can you finalize it (audit) 60 days after or a year after, or whatever date, if you’re not done closing the books because you are still paying somebody else? Hopefully in a week or two from now, they’ll already finish the audit,” he said.

    Tolentino, along with PHISGOC chairman and Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, president and COO Ramon Suzara and PSC commissioner Arnold Agustin presided over the unveiling ceremony of the 300-page, hardbound Final Report, an official document required of all SEA Games hosts.

    Cayetano also pointed to politics as the reason behind the filing of the case.

    “To those members who sued us in court, you will all be embarrassed. The problem is the POC election is near, so they are creating issues even without issues,” he said.