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Newly-elected POC Officers led by President Peping Cojuangco. Photo by June Navarro.
Philippines NOC re-elects President Cojuangco for fourth term


28 Nov 2016
Manila, Philippines, November 25, 2016: The Philippine Olympic Committee re-elected President Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. to serve a fresh four-year term of office at the POC elections at Wack Wack Golf and Country Club on Friday, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer. In his fourth term as POC President, Cojuangco wants to see his grand plan for Philippine sport — a new national training center of international standards — completed this time.

“We can’t wait for somebody to build the training center for us,’’ said Cojuangco, the younger brother of democracy icon and former Philippine President Corazon Aquino. “I will focus on the training center. In fact, I’ve started going to the provinces to talk to my friends who could help us in our cause.’’

Cojuangco will oversee the country’s hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, his second time after heading the organising committee of the 2005 Manila SEA Games when the Philippines captured its first overall title.

“There are big concerns like next year’s SEA Games (in Kuala Lumpur) and our hosting in 2019 coming up and we don’t have much time,’’ said Cojuangco, who ran unopposed and received 26 votes out of the 37 voters, including 34 national sports associations. Athlete representatives Henry Dagmil and Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz also cast their votes along with IOC member Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski.

Cojuangco also promised to sustain what he had started for the national athletes with strength and conditioning, scientific training and nutrition at the heart of his programmes. POC 1st vice president Joey Romasanta retained his post with a 23-14 win over Negros representative Alfredo Benitez while POC 2nd vice president Jeff Tamayo was also the popular choice, 26-11, over Lucas Managuelod.

Julian Camacho remained the treasurer while Jonne Go was named auditor. Archery’s Clint Aranas, Cynthia Carrion of gymnastics, Roberto Mananquil of billiards and Propero Pichay Jr. of chess were elected board members.
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