Orcullo elected new prexy of Oro press club

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Monday, February 10, 2014


DESPITE his disability, past Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) president Jerry Orcullo was re-elected again in the 63rd annual general assembly and elections with a sweeping vote of 99 out of 104.

Orcullo served four terms prior to his re-election bid on February 8. His re-election is a proof that disability is never a hindrance to continuing serving the media. Orcullo lost his voice after he went through a surgery on his larynx due to cancer in 2008.

He would pursue on providing scholarships to COPC beneficiaries and continue the housing project of the outgoing COPC president Monsignor Elmer Abacahin.

24 candidates vied for the 15 seats of the board of directors.

Cleanse

Orcullo vowed to cleanse the club from undeserving members to retain the club’s integrity.

A commotion due to misunderstanding was later resolved after Abacahin moved to divide the house through a motion by Herbie Gomez, who ran as board member and elected as corporate secretary.

Gomez moved to put into a vote that club members who have unsettled debts at COPC are disqualified to run for office. Majority of the members voted for it.

Orcullo’s group Team Solidarity emerged victorious with all of its 15 candidates winning the position.

Those who won were Rey Maraunay, who was designated as executive vice president for broadcast; Froilan Gallardo, vice president for print; Joey Nacalaban, auditor; Herbie Gomez, executive secretary; Maricel Rivera, treasurer; and Joel Jacobo, Fred Soriano, Mark Martirez, Richard Vallar, Allan Mediante, Phillip Jaudian, Raffy Magbanua, Bingo Alcordo, and Butch Bagabuyo as members of the board of directors.

Abacahin said petty quarrels among members are normal, but it is not a problem as it will eventually be patched up.

“It is Orcullo’s intention for the group to be united and in solidarity,” he added.

Even before sitting as COPC’s new president, some members already questioned Orcullo’s ability to lead the club and preside in board meetings since he lost his voice.

A member, who requested anonymity said, “How will he preside if he cannot talk?”

Orcullo simply laughed and wrote on a Magic Slate board, “ang buhat pabuhaton dili lang kutob sa istorya.”

Orcullo carries the slate board with him at all times to communicate.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on February 10, 2014.

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