Tolentino calls for POC elections after Vargas' resignation

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Posted at Jun 19 2019 05:53 PM

Former Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas. ABS-CBN Sports

MANILA, Philippines -- A day after Ricky Vargas stepped down as president of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), chairman Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino announced that he intends to call for a special election for the vacated post.

Tolentino plans to formally announce this during the scheduled Extraordinary General Assembly, scheduled for June 25.

Vargas resigned as POC president on Tuesday, after he was questioned about his involvement in the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Foundation, Inc., among other issues.

Tolentino will cite POC Bylaws Article 7, Section 6, which states that "a special election may be called by the Chairman within 30 days from the date the vacancy arises, if the named successors -- First Vice-President and Second Vice-President -- are not qualified to succeed."

The two officers must possess the qualifications of a POC president, meaning that among others, they must be an incumbent president of a national sports association of an Olympic sport.

First vice president Jose Romasanta, who took Vargas' position, is currently the vice president of the volleyball association. 

Second vice president Antonio Tamayo, meanwhile, is president of soft tennis, which is not an Olympic sport.

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