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GMA seen as eyeing gymnastics, POC post as safe haven By Aldrin Cardona Sports Editor 12/03/2010

Friday, December 3, 2010

GMA seen as eyeing gymnastics, POC post as safe haven

By Aldrin Cardona Sports Editor 12/03/2010
The buzz is that Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo— yes, the former president who is now Pampanga’s representative in Congress, is allegedly buying her way into sports.

What’s no longer just a buzz was her P500,000 “donation” to the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP), which will hold its General Assembly on Sunday, but with its acting president, Cynthia Carreon, allegedly bypassing her own board to push Arroyo’s election by acclamation as GAP president.

The GAP would then become Arroyo’s ticket to the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) presidency, which her brother, Art Macapagal, missed when he lost the POC presidential election of 2008 to Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, it was claimed by a Tribune source.

And so, sports will soon be transformed into a battleground among these Pampangos, who have not only have locked national politics among themselves, but the sporting arena as well.

A member of the GAP board confirmed Arroyo’s “donation” to the group, but questioned its timing, quipping: “Why should she give now, when we have been asking for financial support long before when she was still the president?”.... MORE

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