Filipino journalist Marlon Bernardino has just submitted a news story to RP media agencies reporting that the National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) will investigate allegations of game fixing by five players. Bernardino did not name the five suspects.
The story quotes NCFP executive director Sammy Estimo as saying, "The move initiated [by] our president Cong. Butch Pichay is a step in the right direction. Game fixing is rampant in the highest levels of RP Chess. Even our young players are being exposed to it."
Events in which game fixing were alleged to have occurred included the Tanuan Open, the Inter-Provincial in Cagayan de Oro and the National Championships which concluded just last month in the RP capital.