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PVF expels regional heads who expressed support for volleyball NSA elections

Philippine Volleyball Federation president Boy Cantada did not take too kindly to the statement made by his group’s vice president and three regional heads regarding the upcoming volleyball national sports association elections.

Cantada kicked out vice president Dr. Arnel Hajan, Metro Manila head Nestor Bello, Visayas chief Garry Jamili, and North Luzon leader Yul Benosa in a statement he released, Tuesday evening.

“The leadership of the PVF respects the decision of a few individuals in cutting their ties from the PVF,” read Cantada’s statement.

“They no longer represent the PVF.”

Early in the day, the quartet expressed their support to the Philippine Olympic Committee and its president Bambol Tolentino regarding the unification of Philippine volleyball.

“We, the PVF for Mindanao, Visayas, Luzon, and Metro Manila would like to express our sincerest manifestation and support the unification for volleyball and requesting your leadership to consider our voice and participate in the open and transparent general elections of Philippine Volleyball on January 25, 2021 that is initiated by your office as mandated by the FIVB and to be participated by all relevant stakeholders,” their statement read.

Last Saturday, PVF representative Otie Camangian, Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas secretary-general Ariel Paredes, and Alliances of Philippine Volleyball chief Tats Suzara agreed to the terms set by the POC regarding the upcoming elections.

The PVF, LVPI, and APVI will get four slots each in the new NSA’s board, with the officials being named in the interim until a true election can be held on January of 2022.

Cantada rejected the idea, saying that he will not take part in it.

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He then decided to expel Hajan, Bello, Jamili, and Benosa from the PVF.

“We, in the PVF, have always kept an open mind. We never compel anyone to do anything that an individual is not comfortable with. I wish them well but I would like to remind them to refrain from representing the PVF in any manner from this date on,” his statement continued.

“This serves as fair warning.”

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