PH Wrestling Association to stop recognition of new leadership
MANILA, Philippines – The remaining officers of the Wrestling Association of the Philippines (WAP) sought the help of the Manila Regional Trial Court to stop the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to recognize the national sports association’s new leadership.
The POC, through a letter signed by Secretary General Steve Hontiveros, recognized the leadership of Universal Reality Combat Championship founder Alvin Aguilar as WAP’s new president during the special election held on May 12 at the BAMF Mixed Martial Center in Paranaque City.
Leonides Virata (vice president), Buhay party-list Rep. Irwin Tieng (treasurer), Paolo Saycon (auditor) and former national wrestler Marcus Valda (Secretary General) are WAP’s other elected officers.
WAP chairman Aries Supremo said the POC disregarded the remaining officers under former president Juan Albert Balde’s leadership and pushed through with the election without their knowledge.
“We’re surprised that the POC recognized the current leadership despite the fact that the association did not call for any special election. You need to have a general assembly with all members and stakeholders present to hold an election,” Supremo said in Filipino.
Supremo said that Hontiveros even issued a certification on January 23, 2013 in Pasig City recognizing the officers elected on December 14, 2012 where they will serve for 4 years.
“That’s why we’re wondering why the POC gave these elected officers a similar certification that they gave us almost two years ago. When it is stated in the certification they gave us after our 2012 election that we will be serving for 4 years,” added Supremo.
Supremo said that even the 24 of the 27 active national wrestling team members were surprised to learn that Aguilar is WAP’s new president.
Balde resigned earlier this year leaving Supremo and the other officers, including 4 vice presidents, to oversee WAP’s daily operations.
Ernesto Cruz Jr. (vice president-personnel), Jasmine de Guzman (vice president-logistics), Juan Miguel de Guzman (vice president-operations), Peter Lawrence Meimban (vice president-research), Arvin Jimenez (treasurer), Richard Ramos (auditor), Karlo Sevilla (Secretary General) and board members Gaudencio Gonzales, Melvin Sia, Gilbert Ombao, Ed Moslev and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno as the other elected officers two years ago. – Rappler.com
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