The President of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), Abraham "Bambol" Tolentino, attributed the country's unprecedented triumph at the 30th Games in Southeast Asia to the unity of various players in sport.
"It has shown that if we unite and help, success will follow," said Tolentino during the last POC General Assembly for the year at the Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. The youngest SEA Games have been held for the second time since Hosted in Manila in 2005 overall victory. These gold medalists each received P200,000 from the POC in the SEA Games.
"We also demonstrated that it is not impossible to become No. 1 with good leadership, adequate government and private sector support," said Tolentino, who is also the cycling director and Cavite representative of the country.
The takeover of Tolentino almost five months ago brought peace to the POC, which was shaken by a leadership dispute that led to the resignation of former POC President Ricky Vargas.
Under the leadership of Vargas, the POC was able to raise funds from private sponsors such as the MVP Sports Foundation, San Miguel Corp. and the Philippine Basketball Association, of which Vargas currently serves as chair. INQ
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