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Finally, Bambol’s prayers answered; healing process starts

THE healing process within the traditionally divided Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) took up a notch during a stormy Friday morning meeting involving members of the influential POC Executive Board.

Among the 13 members, 10 showed up at the POC headquarters at the Philsports in Pasig and one took part via teleconference call from Davao.

Tagaytay City congressman Bambol Tolentino. (MB photo | Camille Ante)

BAMBOL Tolentino

Only Jeff Tamayo of soft tennis, the POC second vice-president, and Joey Romasanta, the first vice-president, and chess chief Prospero Pichay were unable to attend.

Jonne Go of canoe-kayak participated by way of teleconference, a practice that is now widely accepted.

The turnout proved to be promising as a similar meeting called last week by newly-elected POC president Bambol Tolentino was poorly attended and didn’t have a quorum.

Friday’s other attendees included former POC president Ricky Vargas, chairman Steve Hontiveros, treasurer Julian Camacho, board members Cynthia Carrion and Robert Mananquil, International Olympic Committee representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski and archery’s Clint Aranas.

Also present were POC General Manager Art Aro, former IOC representative Frank Elizalde and lawyer Billy Sumagi.

There were several resolutions passed and to be formalized during Tuesday’s General Assembly and it included the appointment of Ed Gastanes of football as the POC secretary general.

“Answered prayers,” said Tolentino of the turnout.

Hontiveros said the attendance is a sign that the POC is on the right track in its goal to unify the sports leaders. (NICK GIONGCO)