Carrion sang-ayon sa bagong POC election
(Pang-masa) - January 3, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Sa tingin ni Philippine Olympic Committee board member at Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) president Cynthia Carrion, marapat lamang na sundin ang utos ng Pasig Regional Trial Court na mag-eleksiyon uli para sa chairman at president ng POC sa Feb. 23.

“Let democracy prevail,” sabi ni Carrion.  “The court has ruled for new elections.  I was elected board member in the 2016 elections but I’m willing to resign if everyone else does.  I realize the court ordered new elections only for chairman and president.  I expect some people to try to get a TRO to delay the implementation of the order.  In my opinion, let’s do the right thing, hold new elections and get it over with.  Who knows?  (POC president) Peping (Cojuangco) might still win.”

Noong Nobyembre, 2017, nagdesisyon ang POC COMELEC na i-disqualify sina ABAP president Ricky Vargas bilang kandidato para sa presidente at cycling president Rep. Bambol Tolentino para sa chairman kaya nanalong walang kalaban si Cojuangco para sa kanyang ika-apat na term bilang POC president.  Walang nahalal na chairman dahil walang qualified na candidate.  Bukod kay Tolentino, ang isa pang kandidato bilang chairman ay si Tom Carrasco na na-disqualify din dahil mga NSA president lang ang puwedeng tumakbo.  Siya  ay dating triathlon president ngunit ngayon ay secretary-general na.

Sinabi ni Carrion, naging chief of mission ng Phl Delegation sa 2017 Malaysia SEA Games, “I was recently in Lausanne for a conference on women in sport and I was told the IOC will not interfere in NOC matters that uphold the democratic process. Holding new elections on the basis of a court order is not grounds for suspension by the IOC.  Besides, the POC was part of the process where the court held hearings before making a decision.  So it submitted itself to the jurisdiction of the court.”

Ayon kay Carrion, kailangan nang bumuo ng COMELEC kung ang eleksiyon ay sa Feb. 23.  “There should be a definite campaign period and candidates should present themselves before the vo-ters in an open forum,” aniya.

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