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Aranas bares POC polls lineup

Ian Suyu



Philippine Olympic Committee director Clint Aranas has finally unveiled the remaining members of his ticket for the upcoming POC elections on 27 November.

A couple of weeks after announcing his partial roster with re-electionist and incumbent POC chairman Steve Hontiveros of handball, alongside athletics chief Philip Juico as 1st vice president and rugby president Ada Milby as 2nd vice president, Aranas now bannered his full combination of veteran experience and youthful minds seeking to take the executive positions of the local Olympic body.

Gunning for another term in the treasurer post is Julian Camacho of fencing, while independent candidate Monico Puentevella of weightlifting was adopted in the roster to run for the auditor position.

Meanwhile, Aranas’ board of directors is composed of Robert Bachmann of squash, Charlie Ho of netball, Pearl Managuelod of muay, and incumbent director Robert Mananquil of billiards.

Labeling themselves as ‘Team Sports’, Aranas said that their main platform is anchored towards implementing transparency and accountability within the Olympic council.

“Our platform is really grounded on the heart of accountability and transparency. We want to up concepts that will be used for best practices,” Aranas said in a virtual press conference.

Aranas also said that one of their focus is to strengthen POC’s relationship with all of its members and recognized national sports associations, by providing equal support and opportunities for them.

“We want to go back on our roots as what we are, an association of associations. The POC should be an ambassador to the sporting community and corporate sponsors.”

However, it will be an uphill battle for Aranas’ slate as they will face a strong force led by fellow presidential candidate and incumbent POC chief Bambol Tolentino of cycling, who has already announced his own full lineup over a week ago.

Deemed as one of the guiding forces who steered the country’s hosting and overall championship campaign in the Southeast Asian Games last year, Tolentino will be joined by triathlon head Tom Carrasco as chairman, as well as basketball chief Al Panlilio and modern pentathlon and fencing president Richard Gomez as first and second vice presidents, respectively.

“We have a different level of governance with Cong. Bambol [Tolentino], we have different perceptions on how things should be done. Personally, I am open to criticisms and I am a very transparent person,” Aranas added.

“Like a real sporting community, we believe that everyone should do everything for sports. [Our party] wants POC to become relevant, and we want all NSAs to become sustainable and self-reliant.