MANILA - Track and field chief Philip Ella Juico had no complaints after losing a close race for the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) presidency on Sunday afternoon at the Century Park Hotel in Manila.
Juico lost to PhilCycling head Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino with a count of 24-20, after the special elections. Tolentino will replace Ricky Vargas, who resigned in June.
"Oo, siyempre," the soft-spoken Juico said when asked if he accepted the result of the vote.
"The voting was very transparent, very orderly. Ganyan talaga. The essence of democracy is consent of the governed, so apparently, there is consent, several times. Chairman, president, two board members," he added.
"Okay lang. That's the result eh, so you deal with it. Those are the cards dealt."
Also elected was Steve Hontiveros of handball as the POC chairman, while Clint Aranas of archery and Cynthia Carrion of gymnastics were elected as board members.
Rather than dwell on the loss or contest the result, Juico instead offered his congratulations and his help.
"Congratulations, and if we can be of any help, we're just a text or a call away. If we can be of any value to you, we're here. At least, I am. I am," he promised.
Juico is also focusing on the performance of his own national sports association (NSA) in the upcoming Southeast Asian Games, which the Philippines will host in November and December.
"Now, I can go back to focus on track and field, and hope to be a major contributor to our gold medal output," he said.
"Actually, that is the more important goal, in the sense that we as a country have to perform well," Juico said of the SEA Games. "Sayang 'yung, six, seven billion? Whatever, six billion. Sayang 'yun. Sayang 'yung track."
As for possibly running for the POC presidency again in November 2020, Juico said the question was "too premature."
"It's too early," he insisted.
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