Monday, December 13, 2010

New twist on Jinky and Joey case

SAMUEL Estimo, Jinky Young’s lawyer, e-mailed me the other day for updates on the case of Bobby Fischer’s estate.

“The District court of Reykjavik, Iceland has reopened the case of Jinky Young, the Filipino child of the late Bobby Fischer, to allow her to add further evidence in support of her claim to the estate of the chess legend.

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“In a ruling during the hearing on Sept. 10, Judge Ms. Ingiridur Ludviksdottir reset the case to Oct. 6 to allow Marilyn Young, Jinky’s mother, to engage the services of another lawyer after their counsel in Iceland, Thordur Bogason, had a falling out with Jinky’s local lawyer, Sammy Estimo.”

Estimo has theorized Bogason had prematurely closed the case without consulting his client after the DNA tests in Germany allegedly showed Jinky was not the child of Fischer. He said there were post-DNA remedies available, like a request for a similar test to be conducted on the DNA samples of Fischer’s nephews who are also claimants to his estate. If the result proves negative, then the seven tissue samples which were taken from the coffin supposedly containing the remains of Fischer during his questionable exhumation in July, were not genuinely his. The DNA examination in Germany would then be a hoax.

Estimo also discovered a provision of Icelandic law which would have won the case for Jinky but was not used by Bogason. This law, plus the bank deposits, post cards signed by Fischer admitting he was Jinky’s daddy, photos taken in a hotel in Hong Kong and the expensive house which Fischer bought for Jinky in Davao City could have clinched Jinky’s claim to the estate of her father.

But even if Jinky loses at the District Court, she can still appeal to the Supreme Court where she will have a better chance. Bogason admitted in his letter to Marilyn dated Sept. 11 a losing party at the District Court can go to the Supreme Court
within two weeks from receipt of the lower court’s ruling.

ANTONIO. Philippine Sports Commission chairman Ritchie Garcia said he cannot just deprive Joey Antonio of his benefits and his P20,000 allowance based on the request of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines(NCFP).

“Obviously, there’s something wrong here but we need to discuss it first. We will talk to the parties concerned. We need to clarify things,” said Garcia.

The NCFP, through its president Butch Pichay, removed Antonio from the national team that will play in the Olympiad in Russia and the Asian Games in China and replaced him with Richard Bitoon.

Antonio elected to play in some minor tournaments in the USA and did not play in the country’s major international tournaments, the Pichay Cup and the more important $100,000 Capomanes Memorial.

The PSC provided the airfare and daily allowance for Antonio for the US trip based on a letter of request signed by Pichay himself.

“It would be a pity if an elite athlete like Joey Antonio is dropped from the national pool when he is not at fault,” Garcia said.

Pichay said, “Pwede namang ipagpaliban yung pagsali sa US. Kung wala siyang respeto sa Pichay Cup, kahit sa Campomanes Cup man lang siya sumali.”

LOCAL. There will be a tournament this Sept 19 at 9 a.m. in lower San Roque (near City Hall) Bulacao. Format is seven rounds Swiss with 25-minute time control. It is restricted to players 18 and below. For more details contact Denis Navales 09286614674.

Meanwhile, Cebuanos Felix Shaun Balbona and Kyle Sevillano qualified for the Shell
Kiddies Grand Finals. They qualified in the Cagayan leg along with Jhon Rey Batucan of Davao City. Congratulations.


Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 18, 2010.

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