Vargas will do well not to surrender the POC presidency and authority to the POC coup pals at this crucial stage of the game. The coup pals had their chances to leave a great legacy to Philippine sports. Unfortunately, they chose and continue to choose to serve their own interests rather than those of the athletes.
When Cojuangco was at the helm of the POC then, dubious and newly-created sports associations would suddenly be accredited, while legitimate and long-standing sports organizations were disenfranchised and stripped of their NSA status.
We, the advocates of Reform Philippine Sports (RP Sports), strongly condemn this brazen attempt of former Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose Cojuangco Jr. and
Clearly, there is a need to resolve the leadership impasse in the POC. Who really runs the show here? Is it Vargas? Or the coup pals?
Sports is not about perpetuating one’s interests, abrogating funds, going on lavish trips abroad, promoting relatives and friends, discriminating those who are not in the in-group. Sports is supposed to be a tool to develop our children. It provides the basics to teach children about discipline, professionalism, teamwork, fair play, nationalism and more.