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War looms: Mon vs Peping

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Former basketball star Mon Fernandez yesterday vowed to go after Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose ‘Peping’ Cojuangco on the alleged misuse of funds it received from the previous administration of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

Fernandez, one of four commissioners in the PSC, posted on his social media account: Peping WAIT FOR ME WHEN I GET BACK.

The feud between Fernandez and Cojuangco, 82, intensified further when the former Tarlac lawmaker accused the ex-Toyota standout of game fixing during his PBA days.

“Traditional politician and mudslinger,” Fernandez told the BULETIN from Japan as he brushed off Cojuangco’s allegations that he threw away games during his storied 20-year career mostly with Toyota and San Miguel.

Fernandez noted that Cojuangco has financial obligations that remain unliquidated in past dealings and projects that were sanctioned by the PSC of then chairman Richie Garcia.

In fact, the PSC even received a letter from the Commission on Audit in July last year asking that POC secretary general Steve Hontiveros return more than R27-million that were spent during the hosting of the 2005 Southeast Asian Games.

Fernandez is also finalizing the documents that will list the PSC’s regular flow of assistance to the POC from 2010 until the first half of 2016 that included funding for the seminars of POC officials to various trips abroad and other POC activities.

Fernandez is due to be back in the country tomorrow night and Cojuangco swears that he can’t wait to engage him in a confrontation, noting that he has received more information about the 6-5 cager’s alleged shady past.

“Sige,” said Cojuangco.

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