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POC president Bambol Tolentino completes ticket for POC elections

Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham Tolentino has completed his ticket for the POC elections slated on Nov. 27.

The Cavite congressman managed to assemble a formidable ticket for the affair, as he included national sporting associations (NSAs) that performed well in the past year.

Tolentino, the head of PhilCycling, will be tapping Tom Carrasco of triathlon as POC Chairman.

Also included in the lineup is gymnastics and dancesport head Cynthia Carrion as treasurer, while baseball's Chito Loyzaga will be running for secretary.

Completing the ticket are board members Dave Carter of judo, Pearl Managuelod of Muay thai, famed physician Dr. George Canlas of surfing, and Cong. Prospero Pichay of chess.

The ticket will be completed by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chief Al Panlilio for first vice president and Ormoc mayor Richard Gomez of fencing and modern pentathlon for second vice president. Both of them were already announced as part of the ticket earlier this week.

Tolentino's lineup will be squaring off against Atty. Clint Aranas of archery, who is aiming for the leadership of the POC, along with incumbent Chairman Steve Hontiveros of handball, and Philip Ella Juico of athletics for first VP and Ada Milby of rugby for second VP.

"It's normal to have an opponent. You cannot please everybody, definitely the sports community knows who are the best people in the board, whom they will trust for governance, and has the track record," Tolentino said at an online press conference.

Meanwhile, the Aranas camp welcomed the announcement of Tolentino, and in turn will announce their full ticket soon.

"We intend to raise the level of discourse during the campaign by focusing on issues rather than personalities. The sports community and Filipino people can expect our camp to put the elections on what could be regarded as the highest level," Aranas said in a message to ESPN5.com.

"For sure, it would be a big fight among the protagonists. There would be heated and passionate discussions of many issues confronting sports in the country. But we like to assure the sports community in particular and the Filipino people in general that the fight would be peaceful and decent."

A total of 51 NSAs, two Athlete's Commission representatives, and International Olympic Committee executive board member Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski will be casting their votes.