GMA News last night reported that the event that was promoted by a certain Anthony Go in Caramoan turned out to be a “scam”, and the organizer was arrested for charges of estafa. I’m not sure about the accuracy of this news report but we also heard feedback from event participants that the event was a “big mess”.
This event was posted in PinoyMountaineer.com as a third-party event. We have always supported outdoor activities in general. But when doubts began to be cast about the authenticity of the event, we also posted the comments, despite protests from the organizer.
Greater vigilance and scrutiny will doubtless be lessons learned for us. As for the estafa charges, I’m sure Mr. Anthony Go will have a chance to air his side and defend himself in court. We respect this process and will not preempt the judicial process by trying him on a “court of public opinion”. I can understand however that many are angry at him for failing to deliver on his promises.