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Romero seeks House probe on POC polls

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by November 16, 2016 General

Incoming PBA chairman and 1Pacman Partylist Rep. Mikee Romero. Josh Albeda, ABS-CBN Sports

The House of Representatives might look into the leadership issue besetting the upcoming elections of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

Incoming PBA chairman and 1Pacman Partylist Rep. Mikee Romero is calling for a Congressional investigation on the disqualification of Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) chief Ricky Vargas from the POC polls.

Cojuangco is assailing the camp of incumbent POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco for alleggedly blocking Vargas from running as POC president on November 25.

“’Yung nandito sa POC eh gusto nila dynasty sa sports, hindi naman pwede ‘yun. Kailangang pagbigyan natin ang iba,” said Romero in an interview on DZMM’s Dos por Dos.

“Kailangang imbestigahan din sa Kongreso… Ang eleksyon, dapat free willing yan, hindi ginagawa kung sinong gustong lumaban dinidisqualify. Wala po yan sa democratic process ng bansa natin.”

(These people in the POC want a dynasty, which shouldn’t be the case. They should give way to others. We should investigate this because elections should be free willing. They should not disqualify anyone who opposes them.)

The POC Comelec disqualified Vargas from running by virtue of a controversial “active membership” clause that requires candidates to have attended 50%+1 of its general assembly meetings.

Vargas appealed the ruling, which was later denied.

“Kami sa Kongreso wala kaming pinapanigan. Hindi kami para kay Peping, hindi rin kami para kay Vargas,” said Romero, who headed several national sports associations in the past.

“Ang sa amin, the elections should push through pero ang nangyayari kalaban kita, idi-disqualify kita. Hindi naman pwedeng ganun.”

(We don’t take sides. We’re not for Peping, we’re not for Vargas. What we’d like to happen is for the elections to push through.)

Romero said that the POC should welcome a change in leadership since the country has been lagging behind its Southeast Asian neighbors. In the recent 2015 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines finished sixth.

“Nakita niyo naman huli na tayo sa ranking sa Southeast Asia out of 11 countries. Konti na lang katabi na natin ang Laos, Myanmar at Brunei na wala atang isang milyong tao,” he said.

“Nalagpasan na tayo ng Vietnam actually. Ang Singapore, three million ang tao, tayo 100 million nalagpasan na rin tayo. Ang problema kasi natin ay wala tayong programa.”

(As you could see, we’re behind our Southeast Asian neighbors. We’re just ahead of Laos, Myanmar and Brunei, which has no more than a million people. Vietnam has already surged ahead. Singapore, which has a population of three million, already bested us.) 

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