It's a go for Vargas, Tolentino in P.O.C. polls.
THE battle for president and chairman of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is now on level ground after the Olympic body's elections committee allowed boxing chief Ricky Vargas and cycling president Rep. Abraham Tolentino to run for the top two positions.
In what could be considered a surprise move by the elections committee, Vargas will now challenge incumbent president Jose Cojuangco Jr. while Tolentino will take on table tennis head Ting Ledesma.
An omnibus ruling released on Thursday by the election committee confirmed the qualification of Vargas and Tolentino in the elections set today at the Wack Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City.
The election body followed the ruling set by the Pasig Regional Trial Court Branch 155 that nullified the November 2016 polls as their reference for the inclusion of the two candidates in the ballots.
'Considering the judicial declaration of nullity of the November 25, 2016 elections and inclusion of Vargas and Tolentino in the list of candidates, the POC Election Committee opened the nomination and allowed the previously disqualified candidates to confirm their participation in the elections,' the resolution said.
'The dispositive portion above-cited directed the inclusion of Vargas and Tolentino for the positions of POC President and POC Chairman,' it added.
The elections body is composed of chairman Francisco Elizalde and members Br. Bernard Oca and lawyer Alberto Agra. Elizalde, an honorary member of the International Olympic Committee, and Oca were also members of the polls body that disqualified Vargas and Tolentino in 2016.
There are 40 members voting in today's exercise with the camp of Vargas and Tolentino claiming majority support from 27 national sports associations.