Libel case to fund sports program

PHILIPPINE Sports Commission board member Ramon Fernandez wants some good to come out of the libel case that he will pursue against Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco.

Fernandez said the money that will be obtained from the libel case will help fund an Olympic program.

This  program, according to Fernandez, could help the country produce its first ever gold medal in the Olympics.

“Gagawa kami ng sports program, kung magkano ang kailangang budget up to the 2020 Olympics, to produce the first gold,” said Fernandez during the weekly PSA Forum yesterday at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.

“Kung hindi niya nagawa ito as POC, maybe the money can produce a gold medal,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez said he felt hurt when Cojuangco called  him a game fixer three weeks ago.

Cebu-based lawyer Ramsey Quijano is assisting Fernandez in the case against Cojuan

Fernandez added that he has trimmed down his list of conditions so that he will not push through with his case.

Cojuangco no longer needs to retract nor make a public apology for his statement, according to Fernandez.

PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez (right) speaks about his planned libel case against POC President Peping Cojuangco during the PSA Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City. Ey Acasio 
All he has to do is resign. If he does, Fernandez said he will no longer pursue his plans to seek legal remedies against Cojuangco.

Fernandez said he resented Cojuangco’s allegations that he allegedly threw away games during his  20-year career in the Philippine Basketball Association and while playing for teams like Toyota and San Miguel.

Quijano said Cojuangco’s allegation has nothing to do with Fernandez in his current job as commissioner of the PSC and that libel is a malicious imputation of a crime.

Topics: Ramon Fernandez , Jose “Peping” Cojuangco , Libel case , Sports program
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