MON Fernandez said he will file a libel case against Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco next week where he plans to seek for damages amounting to the budget needed to produce the country’s first-ever Olympic gold medal.
Fernandez, a commissioner of the Philippine Sports Commission, said he will file a libel case in Cebu City over Cojuangco's allegations that he was involved in game-fixing during his basketball career.
Fernandez added he will seek damages that will be enough to fund the country’s bid for an Olympic gold in Tokyo.
“Kung ano ‘yung kailangan budget for 2020 to produce the country’s first gold, ‘yun ang hihingiin kong damage para siya ang mag-pondo ng gold medalist,” said Cojuangco in an interview with reporters after the PSA Forum.
“Kung hindi man niya nagawa as POC president, maybe his money can produce,” said Fernandez.
Fernandez said he and Atty. Ramsey Quijano, one of the lawyers in the PSC arbitration and mediation committee, are now in the process of preparing the formal complaint.
“We will be working with his partners (Quijano) in his law firm to file the case early next week,” said Fernandez on Tuesday.
In an interview in ANC’s sports program Hardball on Monday, Cojuangco again criticized Fernandez, saying that he is not qualified to be a PSC commissioner.
When pressed to comment on Cojuangco’s statement, Fernandez also questioned Cojuangco’s qualification as POC president.
“He is entitled to his opinion. What he told you guys the last time he was here, I want him to prove it. As far as being not qualified, I throw the question back at him. What makes him qualified to be a POC president? I think you would know how he won the POC presidency. Let’s leave it at that,” Fernandez said.