International master Ronald Dableo, who holds 2 GM norms, has been suspended by the National Chess Federation of the Philippines for a period of 1 year. He had allegedly fixed a game in the Malaysian Open.
Five others were slapped with 6-month bans and these were international masters Chito Garma and Darwin Laylo, Oliver Barbosa, Merben Roque and Enerose Magno.
For the time being it's difficult to understand how the NCFP established game fixing by these players. From the scoresheets? From testimony of other players? If the latter, then let's name names. Let Dableo and co. face their accusers! Understandably IM Dableo has so far denied involvement. It's worth quoting again what he said to Kiko, of the Philippine Chess blog: "I never sold a game, I don't need to, chess is my profession. I have a coaching job in one of the universities in Manila, I have a PSC monthly allowance and of course am from the Philippine Air Force."