With all the complaints linked to the Philippines’ hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, spokesperson Salvador Panelo said on Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte is “displeased” hearing about these “certain snafus.”
Now, the President also wants to investigate allegations of inefficiency and corruption involved in the hosting of the SEA Games.
“The President is not pleased of what he’s been hearing about certain snafu, certain delays, certain allegations of athletes not being fed properly, athletes arriving late or not on time delivered to their places of rest or residence. He’s displeased. Ayaw niya ‘yon,” Panelo said.
“There were allegations of fraud na lumalabas sa diyaryo, ayaw niya rin ‘yon. He wants to investigate that. Hindi uubra sa kaniya ang corruption,” he continued.
On Tuesday night, the President arrived in Manila after attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations-Republic of Korea (ASEAN-ROK) Commemorative Summit in Busan, South Korea, just as the country drew flak from handling the event.
Foreign delegates reported problems they encountered concerning their accommodation, transportation, and food.
Malacañang to investigate PHISGOC chair Cayetano
Meanwhile, Panelo confirmed that investigation would also include House Speaker and chair of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Alan Peter Cayetano. This in accordance with Duterte’s directive to hold those at fault accountable.
“Siguro kasama na lahat ‘yon kasi when you investigate a particular body kasama na lahat ‘yong kung sino involved dun,” the spokesman said.
However, since Cayetano already gave his statement regarding this matter, Panelo said he thinks the President would not summon Cayetano soon.
“Hindi na kailangan na ano kasi I think Speaker Alan has started explaining already. He issued a statement on allegations on irregularities even in the issue of cauldron, nage-explain naman siya,” Panelo said.
‘Learn from that mistake’
In addition, Panelo asked why the hosting turned chaotic when the organizing team should have prepared well.
“Gaya ng sinabi ko noon, as host country we will apologize for the inconvenience. Those are unintentional,” he said.
“It’s not a good example of how a country should host. We should learn from that mistake,” Panelo admitted.
Also, on the same day, Sen. Cristopher “Bong” Go said Duterte was “very concerned” with the wellbeing of the athletes who came from different countries to join in the SEA Games.
“Si Pangulo very concerned siya sa mga ganu’n, lalo na po ngayon nakasalalay ang pangalan ng bansa,” he said in an interview with DZMM.