The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) has declared athletics chief Philip Ella ‘Popoy’ Juico as persona non grata following his alleged harassment of Filipino Olympian pole vaulter EJ Obiena.

/ 29 December 2021

The said development happened after an executive board meeting on Tuesday, December 29 in Pasay City.

“The POC approved the recommendation of the Ethics Committee declaring Juico as persona non grata,” said POC president Abraham Tolentino

“We do not recognize him anymore as president of Patafa until the new election of its president,”

According to the committee investigation, Obiena, a Tokyo Olympics finalist and Asian men’s record holder, was publicly implicated and criticized in November by Juico in the media for allegedly faking his liquidation report on his Ukrainian coach Vitaly Petrov’s pay.

The Ethics Committee stressed that the sanction was inspired after Juico “harassed” and made “malicious public accusations” against Obiena.

Regardless of the decision over Juico, Tolentino said that the POC still recognizes PATAFA as a body.

The Ethics committee recommendation was supported by ten of the fifteen members of the POC Executive Board.

POC honorary president Ricky Vargas, first vice president Al Panlilo, second vice president Richard Gomez, treasurer Cynthia Carrion-Norton, auditor Joaquin Loyzaga, and board members David Carter, Dr. Jose Raul Canlas, and Pearl Managuelod, as well as Athletes’ Commission head Nikko Huelgas and Secretary-General Edwin Gastanes, voted in favor of the recommendation.

Meanwhile, Charlie Ho and International Olympic Committee (IOC) representative to the Philippines Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski abstained.