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IOC representative Mikee Cojuangco Jaworski

IOC now knows Phisgoc row

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) – through IOC representative Mikee Jaworski (daughter of Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco) – has been informed that the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) is somehow condoning the long-delayed submission by the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) of audited financial report on the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games. 

Jaworski asked POC secretary general Edwin Gastanes for a copy of his letter compelling Phisgoc to submit the financial records until October 10, as well as for the secretary certificate asked of him by the POC executive council instruction him that would initiate the filing of legal charges against Phisgoc. 

Gastanes failed to submit the documents by November 3, the deadline given by the POC executive board, delaying the POC’s filing of breach of contract charges against Phisgoc. 

Despite orders of the POC general assembly and executive council, Gastanes refused to lift a finger against Phisgoc. 

Gastanes was appointed by POC president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, who is a close ally of Phisgoc chairman Alan Peter Cayetano. 

Jaworski also asked Gastanes to explain the role of the independent auditor — PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) — in accounting the SEA Games expenses. 

POC director Clint Aranas strongly supported Jaworski’s move to make Phisgoc transparent and accountable. 

“This shows the commitment of the IOC to promote accountability and transparency in sports,” said Aranas, who is leading the clamor in demanding the audited financial report of the SEA Games. It sets the tone that sports associations must follow the spirit of Oympism beyond personal interest.” 

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