Peping and full slate win POC elections
Incumbent Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Peping Cojuangco and every candidate on his ticket won the POC elections Friday, November 30

THIRD TERM. Peping Cojuangco will enter his third four-year term as President of the Philippine Olympic Committee. Photo from the POC.

MANILA, Philippines – Peping Cojuangco and every candidate on his ticket won the Philippine Olympics Committee (POC) elections on Friday, November 30, giving Cojuangco another 4 years at the helm of the organization in charge of the Philippine delegation in all major international competitions.

This is Cojuangco’s third straight term as POC President after earning 32 out of 43 votes. The 78-year-old ran unopposed, after his lone challenger, athletics chief Go Teng Kok, backed out at the last minute.

Upon his victory, Cojuangco was quoted as saying he would use his last term to deliver results, aim for an Olympic gold medal, and develop nutrition and strength programs for Filipino athletes.

Cojuangco’s slate also swept the elections.

Joining Cojuangco in leading the POC until the next Olympics are Tom Carrasco for chairman, Joey Romasanta for first vice-president, Jeff Tamayo for second vice-president, Julian Camacho for treasurer, Prospero Pichay for auditor, and Dave Carter, Jonne Go, Cynthia Carrion, and Ernesto Echauz for board members.

A group led by POC first vice president Manny Lopez, who eyed reforms within the committee, challenged Cojuangco’s ticket but saw no success.

Those running with Lopez included Monico Puentevella of weightlifting who sought the POC chairmanship, Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino of cycling for 2nd vice president and Romeo Ribano of squash for treasurer. Four others vied for executive board positions.

Cojuangco has been under fire for the declining performance of Filipino athletes in international competitions during his tenure – including the dismal showing of the Philippine delegation in the 2012 London Olympics. The Philippines has not brought home an Olympic medal since 1996.

He has also been accused of malversation of funds during the 2005 Philippine Southeast Asian Games.

The former congressman however was optimistic after his win, and vowed to use the resources available to him for the development of sports in the country. –

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