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Inquirer Editorial dated Jan.4, 2010

Posted: January 4, 2010 by Trowel in news items
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Bandera publication

Posted: January 3, 2010 by Trowel in news items

PhilCycling president seeks

Bandera First Posted 07:00:00 12/24/2009 Filed Under:

PhilCycling president seeks recognition, peace with POC

INTEGRATED Cycling Federation of the Philippines president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino seeks recognition and peace with the Philippine Olympic Committee particularly to its president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. to finally end their ongoing conflict for the sake of the sport.

In the spirit of Christmas, Tolentino said through a letter sent to the POC that he is asking for unity that would finally end their differences throughout this year that also crippled the country’s campaign in the recent Laos Southeast Asian Games.

Tolentino has also requested again to the POC to recognize his leadership as PhilCycling president as well as his fellow elected officials who inherited all their positions during the end of the term of former cycling president Bert Lina.

Tolentino is recognized by the Union Cycliste Internationale, Asian Cycling Confederation and the Philippine Sports Commission as the legitimate cycling president.

“The past events have forced us to a retreat and evaluate if we are really doing a good service to the cycling sports. Unless we put an end to our differences, our athletes will be at the losing end.”

“Unaware that these could be as ugly as where we are now, especially in the eyes of the international community,” he said after the 12-man cycling team recognized by the POC was denied to race in Laos.

The letter also stated: “I am only rendering my service for the good of the group and not for my own benefit, and you are well aware that we gain nothing except to satisfy our desire to help the sport.”

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On POC and Bitbit

Posted: December 17, 2009 by Trowel in news items

600,000. That’s the number of pesos in incentives cyclist Maritess Bitbit will not get because she was pressured by the POC not to compete in Laos. A multi-gold medalist, she was good for at least two golds or one gold and one silver in three cycling events. The POC leadership asked her not to race, even if she was the only cyclist who had the license to, because she should join 12 other cyclists who could not compete because they were not accredited. A sad tale, because the POC knew all along that the International Cycling Union (UCI) recognized the cycling group headed by PhilCycling president Mayor Bambol Tolentino and not the other group to which the 12 cyclists belong. Alas, politics again spoils Philippine sports. Alack, this frustration may give Bitbit a lifetime of anguish. Surf the net for angry reactions to this POC move.

8. It’s only eight days till Christmas. And in the spirit of the season, let’s forgive, forget, rekindle friendships, start anew, join hands, build instead of break down, and be truly unselfish with our intentions. Are you listening, sports officials? You can be the best gift to Philippine sports, if you only think of the athletes first and yourselves last. That’s the true spirit of Christmas.
Written by Tessa Jazmines / Part Of The Game /
Wednesday, 16 December 2009 20:14
full story , click here

PhilCycling: RP Team officials ‘unpatriotic’

Posted: December 14, 2009 by Trowel in news items

more stories on this at GMA news:
this is an interview with Executive Director Jojo Villa:

also at PHILSTAR
“She was the only one who had the chance to compete. And instead of supporting her and rallying behind her to go and win the gold, she was asked to withdraw just to show that the team is united,” said Tolentino.

and at MALAYA: Peping admits advising Bitbit to withdraw

the best analysis is that by Mr. Henson: He say’s “DONT BLAME UCI”
Someone should be accountable for this disaster. If you ask Angping, he’ll tell you who.

NSAs join forces in fight vs POC ‘injustices’

Posted: May 7, 2009 by Trowel in news items

NSAs join forces in fight vs POC ‘injustices’
05/06/2009 | 06:49 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Officials of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) will have to brace themselves for repercussions pertaining to their supposed interference in elections of the different National Sports Associations (NSAs).

This as eight NSAs embroiled in leadership disputes have joined forces in their fight against the POC’s alleged unjust actions. According to the NSA heads, the POC has been making inconsistent decisions favoring their rival groups, whom they said are supporters of POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr.

The disgruntled leaders gathered Wednesday at the Quezon City Sports Club to unify their efforts.

Present were archery’s Renato Bartolome and Ligaya Manalang, badminton’s Amelita “Ming” Ramos, billiards’ Sebastian Chua and Yen Macabenta, equestrian’s Partylist Rep. Carissa Coscolluela, cycling’s Tagaytay Mayor Abraham Tolentino, wrestling’s Jet Lozada, wushu’s Edwin Pimentel and swimming, represented by Save PASA Movement’s Atty. Jane Ong.

The leaders also signed the NSAs’ declaration of solidarity and concern for Philippine sports which calls for “establishing a new system where sports leaders, athletes and stakeholders can truly join together in developing Philippine Sports.”

“We believe there are other NSAs who share our call and we expect the number of signatories to grow in the coming days,” said Macabenta.


Posted: April 13, 2009 by Trowel in news items

4 ex-champs in Tour of Luzon

April 8, 2009, 5:06pm

Four former champions and six other elite riders have been tapped to lead the teams battling for honors in the Tour of Luzon which fires off April 13 at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.

Organized by Liquigaz and Liquefied Petroleum Gas Marketers Association, the seven-day bikathon will feature 10 teams each composed of nine elite riders vying for fame and glory apart from the cash prizes at stake.

LPGMA president Arnel Ty said the teams will be skippered by former champions and perennial contenders with past Tour winners Arnel Quirimit, Warren Davadilla, Santy Barnachea and Rhyan Tanguilig seeking to add another entry into the Tour record books.

Tanguilig, winner of the Tour Pilipinas in 2004, heads Team Liquigaz while 2003 champion Quirimit and two-time winner Davadilla were tapped to lead the way for Happy Nuts and Regasco Group, respectively.

Other seasoned riders tasked to carry the leadership baton for their teams are Barnachea of Mobile Wonder/Magic Prints, Lloyd Reynante of American Vinyl, Merculio Ramos of My Photo, Dante Cagas (Road Bike Philippines), Baler Ravina (Team Tagaytay) and Joel Calderon (DPT Law), Joel Calderon (Geoetstae Development Corp.)

Besides the total cash pot of P2 million for team and individual winners, Ty said the top 12 riders will automatically earn slots to the national team under the leadership of Tagaytay City Mayor Bambol Tolentino, president of PhilCycling, the federation recognized by cycling’s world governing body UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale).

“These riders are all aching to get back on the road. Liquigaz has gone out of its way not only to keep them competitive, but also to help them earn as professional cyclists,” said Ty.

Executive riders also get a share of the limelight with the staging of executive races during the last three stages of the Tour starting with the Cabanatuan City to Baguio City leg. The executive riders will also negotiate the penultimate Baguio-Baguio lap before joining the final stage on Macapagal Highway.

The Philippine National Cycling Association headed by Paquito Rivas will manage the Tour, which had a series qualifying races in Tagaytay City and Macapagal Highway.

Other sponsors include Victory Liner and Tour of Luzon Bike & Cafe, a haven for cyclists at the Asiana Powerstation on Macapagal Highway being managed by two-time Tour champion Renato Dolosa. It is also the official bike supplier of the event.

Firing off in Quezon City, the riders will travel to Lucena City and test the rolling terrain on the way to Tagaytay City the following day. The Tour will proceed to Marikina City on the third day before making its way to Cabanatuan City.

From Cabanatuan, the cyclists ride to Baguio City before plunging into the penultimate lap, the figure-eight race from Baguio to Baguio.

(grabbed from Manila Bulletin)

POC accused of partiality

Posted: March 24, 2009 by Trowel in news items
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Olympic body accused of partiality
By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:44:00 03/24/2009

Filed Under: Sports Organisations, Conflicts (general)

MANILA, Philippines—Accusing the Philippine Olympic Committee of partiality, disgruntled sports officials plan to question what they think is undue intervention by the POC on the leadership problems hounding some of the national sports associations.

The group of shooting chief Art Macapagal discussed during a regular breakfast meeting at the Makati Sports Club yesterday the possibility of raising the issue during the POC general assembly Wednesday at the Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City.

A reliable source said the group is unhappy with the POC allegedly taking sides in the leadership issues which is a violation of the autonomy of the NSAs.

The NSAs with leadership problems are cycling, archery, badminton, wushu, billiards, wrestling and equestrian, which is headed by POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco.

“We will question the resolution that authorizes them to interfere in the internal affairs of the NSAs,” said the source. “We should stand up, unite and put a stop to this glaring intervention. It’s already getting out of hand.”

Based on the constitution and by-laws of the POC, NSAs are autonomous with the POC stepping in only as arbitrator if an NSA fails to resolve its internal problem.

“But they are resolving NSA-related disputes as if they own the association,” said the source. “We’ll just go there (general assembly) in full force.”

Cojuangco, however, insisted that a new directive from the International Olympic Committee calls for the synchronization of all NSA constitution and by-laws with the POC.

Should an NSA refuse to do so, Cojuangco pointed out that the POC could strip the NSA of recognition.

Former POC chair and taekwondo president Robert Aventajado confirmed that the meeting was attended by NSA heads who supported Macapagal in his losing bid against Cojuangco during the POC elections last year.

Aventajado said the group wants the POC resolution on intra-NSA disputes to be re-examined to prevent another rift in the Olympic body.

THE Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (PhilCycling) may have finally “overhauled” its ranks after electing a new set of officials last Friday in Tagaytay, but things still look bleak for the cycling community in the country.

“While I am glad that we are finally rid of people who had given this organization a bad name, it still saddens me to know that there is a shadow group that also had their own elections, which just makes it confusing to the others,” said newly-elected chairman and Danao City Councilor Oscar Rodriguez.

Rodriguez added he believes theirs is the legitimate group since they followed protocol and they have the blessing of cycling’s international governing body.
Until now, the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) still has not decided which cycling body to recognize.

The other group, headed by former national cyclist Rolando Hiso, held its own elections at the Amoranto Stadium last Dec. 13, which was reportedly attended by POC

president Jose Cojuanco and athletics president Go Teng Kok.


The Philippine Sports Commission, the national sports body, is worried of the turn of events.

“It is the responsibility of the POC to settle this dispute. The problem is Go already declared that he is recommending Hiso’s group as the legitimate one even before any further investigation,” said PSC commissioner Fr. Vic Uy.

Mayor Bambol Tolentino was elected president alongside Rodriguez, while Bert Lina was named the chairman emeritus.

The Tagaytay elections was attended by Asean cycling president Haji Samah Wahab and Asian Cycling Confederation president Choi of Korea. The two were sent by UCI, the international body for the sport, to witness and supervise the election.


PhilCycling claimed it has the support of more than 100 cycling clubs nationwide, while Hiso’s group said they have 40 members.

POC spokesperson Joey Romasanta said the Olympic body will not send a representative to the Jan. 16 elections of PhilCycling and said he and a committee will be screening the said clubs.

Meanwhile, Rodriguez said they are already mapping out their plans for major cycling in the next two years.

“It’s time to get our cyclists back on track.

We have scheduled a race covering Mindanao, Visayas and Southern and Northern Luzon.

I will also host the Asean MTB championship this year to prepare for the 2010 Asian mountain bike championship,” said Rodriguez. MCB

I also hope to send a team to international competitions to prepare for the Asian games,” said Rodriguez.

Also as chairman, Rodriguez added he wants to see to it that the ombudsman case filed against the former officials will push through.

“We have cleaned our ranks. Wala na ang directors involved and overhauled na ang coaching staff. I should follow up with the ombudsman about the case,” said Rodriguez. (MCB)

Ravina tops cycling

Posted: January 15, 2009 by Trowel in news items

Ravina tops race; cycling polls Friday

By June Navarro
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:32:00 01/16/2009

Filed Under: Cycling

MANILA, Philippines—Baler Ravina on Thursday cut loose from the lead pack three-fourths of the way and went on to win the National Open road championship organized by PhilCycling (Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines).

A seasoned rider with outstanding climbing skills, Ravina conquered the rugged terrain of the wind-battered 160-kilometer route in Tagaytay City in four hours, 16 minutes and 55.97 seconds.

Thomas Martinez and Hilson Mangahas tied for second with identical clockings of 4:21:49.18.

Meanwhile, Ryan Serapio easily ruled the 40-km cross country race in 1:45:55.45 with Ricardo Samayo Jr. second in 1:48:32.65 and Robert delos Reyes third in 1:49:35.35.

Action resumes at the Amoranto Velodrome in Quezon City on Friday with the individual pursuit and Olympic sprint events followed by the election of PhilCycling officials.

Expected to run for the 15-man board are incumbent president Bert Lina, cycling legends Paquito Rivas, Juancho Ramores and Modesto Bonzo, mountain bike official Boying Rodriguez and Tagaytay Mayor Bambol Tolentino.

Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero has withdrawn his candidacy, citing his hectic schedule.

The Philippine Olympic Committee, however, is not sending any POC representative.

“There are issues on their voters’ list as there are two cycling groups claiming to be legitimate,” POC spokesman Joey Romasanta said of the polls. With a report from Marc Reyes

Philcycling Holds National Open

Posted: January 12, 2009 by Trowel in news items
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PhilCycling holds National Open
Updated January 12, 2009 12:00 AM

The PhilCycling association said it would form a national pool from the national open championships scheduled Thursday and Friday in Tagaytay City and at the Amoranto velodrome in Quezon City.

The members of the new national pool will become the top candidates for the national team for the 2009 Southeast Asian Games in Laos in December.

A 160-km road race and a 40-km mountain bike competition in Tagaytay City have been scheduled simultaneously on Jan. 15, starting at 8 a.m., at the Tagaytay International Convention Center. Set on Jan. 16, starting at 9 a.m. are the track races – individual pursuit, Olympic sprint and 1-km – at the Amoranto Velodrome.

The new national pool will be endorsed to the incoming set of PhilCycling board of directors, according to outgoing PhilCycling president Bert Lina.

The PhilCycling, whose official name is the Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines, will hold its Olympic cycle elections at 1 p.m. at the Amoranto Multi-purpose Hall.

Union Cycliste Interntionale (UCI), headed by its president Pat McQuaid, is sending Asean Cycling Association president Haji Abu Samah Wahab as the international federation’s representative to the elections where the 15 members of the board will be elected.

The Asian Cycling Confederation, the continental arm of the UCI, has certified Wahab’s mission to the Philippines to certify the elections.

Among the front-runners in the elections to be participated in by 87 clubs from all over the country are Tagaytay City Mayor Abraham Tolentino, Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero, Danao City Councilor Oscar Rodriguez, former Tour champion Modesto Bonzo and contender Juancho Ramores and former Tour titlist and Eagle of the Mountain Paquito Rivas.

The PhilCycling was the second best-performing national sports association after swimming in the 2007 SEA Games on Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. Cycling contributed four gold medals-double the output in 2005 in Manila-after the eight gold medals produced by aquatics (swimming and diving) in Thailand.

courtesy of PHILSTAR.COM