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On September 19, a duly constituted special meeting of the board of the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM), passed a motion according to its bylaws asking all its officers to resign and to elect a new executive. The officers present at the meeting resigned and a new set of officers, including a new president, was elected – an obvious expression of the board’s confidence in Claro Venzon. However, the incumbent president, Edgar de Leon, who knew about the meeting, did not attend and subsequently refused to resign. Therefore, the presidency was not vacant when it was filled and the PCCM had two presidents until another board meeting was held on November 10, 2008.

Appointing a non-board member to chair the meeting

It was the night before Remembrance Day. Twelve of the 13 Board members of the Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba (PCCM) gathered in its Boardroom for their usual monthly meeting. It was anything but usual. For the first time in its history, it had two presidents – Claro Venzon and Edgar de Leon – and it had invited its two advisors, Rev. Neil Parado and Dr. Roland Guzman. As honorary patron, I was also invited to the meeting.

Half an hour after the appointed start time of 7:00 pm, neither one of the Presidents had opened the meeting. Board member Lito Taruc broke the silence and suggested that I chair the meeting. Seeing the spontaneous and unanimous nod of approval and feeling the very tense situation in the room, I

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