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Track and field chief faces fraud raps

By Tina Santos
Philippine Daily Inquirer



MANILA, Philippines--Sportsman Go Teng Kok, head of the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association (Patafa), was charged with estafa (fraud) on Monday for allegedly defrauding a businessman of P2.7 million.

The charge against Go, which was filed at the Manila Regional Trial Court, was based on the complaint of Ernesto Diokno.

Court records showed that on May 22, 2007, Go convinced Diokno to lend him P2.7 million for the implementation of a Patafa project. Go reportedly told the complainant that the money would be paid by the sports association.

When Diokno agreed, Go gave him a postdated Patafa check for P2.7 million dated Aug. 27, 2007 as payment. Diokno, however, said that when he tried to cash the check the following month, he found out that account had long been closed.

He went to Patafa where he found out that there was no Patafa project as Go had claimed and that the group had not authorized Go to borrow money from him.
Assistant City Prosecutor Viven Andino, meanwhile, recommended a bail of P40,000 for Go?s temporary liberty.

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