Peping's 'working lineup' up for election

By Abac Cordero, The Philippine Star

Posted at Oct 16 2012 10:18 AM | Updated as of Oct 16 2012 06:18 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Except for a few other blanks, Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco has practically formed his ticket for the POC elections in November.

Cojuangco is seeking a third term as POC president and while he has yet to file his candidacy he already has in his hands what he described as a “working lineup.”

The deadline for the filing of candidacy for those seeking POC posts on Nov. 30 is on Oct. 26.

“We’ve been talking about it and we already have some people giving way to others. We’re working along that line,” Cojuangco, the equestrian chief, said yesterday.

To run as his first vice president is karatedo chief Jose Romasanta while the position of second vice president is a tossup between Bambol Tolentino of cycling and Jeff Tamayo of soft tennis.

Mark Joseph of swimming, one of four members of the board, is giving way to Cynthia Carrion of gymnastics. Joseph also holds the position of deputy secretary-general.

Out to keep his post as treasurer is Julian Camacho of wushu while Tom Carrasco of triathlon might take over the position of auditor from Corina Mojico of bodybuilding.

Aside from Joseph, the other current board members are Leonora Brawner of archery, Dave Carter of judo and Tamayo.

Steve Hontiveros, the long-time POC secretary-general, may or may not retain his post, the only appointive position in the POC.

Monico Puentevella of weightlifting has filed his candidacy and is out to retain his post as chairman, but not under Cojuangco’s ticket.

Romasanta, also POC spokesperson, yesterday said they are keeping the post of chairman open for “someone else.”

Cojuangco has openly declared his bid for a third term and said he’s ready to take on any challenger or challengers like sports patron and basketball chief Manny V. Pangilinan.

Also reported to be eyeing the POC presidency is former boxing head Manny Lopez. But for him to be qualified, he has to be an NSA (national sports association) head.

There’s a strong clamor for Pangilinan, who also supports a handful other sports, to challenge Cojuangco for the presidency.

Pangilinan’s strongest ally, boxing chief Ricky Vargas, said a few days ago it’s about time for the other NSAs heads who are calling for change in the POC leadership to step up and be recognized.

An insider said Pangilinan wants to see the “winning numbers” before he formally announces his bid for the presidency. Otherwise, he won’t run, but will remain as a supporter of sports.

It’s actually a waiting game for most of the NSA heads who are perhaps waiting for MVP to declare his candidacy before they declare his support for him.

There are 43 votes to be cast in the POC elections. Barring any abstentions and granting that there are no more than two candidates for the presidency, then 22 is the winning number.