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    10 Phl sports officials charged

    THE Table Tennis Association of the Philippines (TATAP) headed by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV as president on Friday charged Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Ricardo Garcia and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Jose Cojuangco, Jr. for violating Republic Act 3019.
    According to the complaint filed by Jacinto Omilla with the Office of the Ombudsman, the PSC released funds and issued checks to the group of Ting Ledesma who have been misrepresenting themselves as the officers of TATAP.
    Omilla said the funds were released despite a pending issue on the legitimate officers of TATAP which is currently the subject of a court case in the Manila Regional Trial Court.
    In response to an inquiry made by TATAP, Garcia reportedly admitted that despite his knowledge of the pending legitimacy issue between TATAP and the Ledesma group, he released funds amounting to P 2,327,465 to the Ledesma group.
    Omilla said this action made by the PSC violates the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act or RA 3019 and clearly shows manifest partiality, evident bad faith and gross inexcusable negligence.
    He added that having been informed of the pending case in the Manila RTC, prudence dictates that Garcia should have refrained from entertaining the group of Ledesma. Instead, Omilla further said, the Commission through Garcia acknowledged the group of Ledesma and released financial assistance that gave them unwarranted private benefits.
    In 2011, TATAP members voted to remove all the members of the board due to loss of confidence and elected new set of trustees and officers.
    Other respondents to graft charges include Salvador Andrada, Gillian Akiko Guevarra, Wigberto Clavecilla Jr., Ting Ledesma, Annie Andanar, Domingo Panlilio, Arnel Berroya, and Ma. Theresa Diniega.
    The said personalities have reportedly misrepresented themselves as the newly elected officers of TATAP.
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