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Anong gusto niyo? Mag-gold tayo o mag-GRO? Tito Sotto downplays foreign athletes’ complaints on SEA Games, says glitches normal

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Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has downplayed the complaints aired by foreign delegates to the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, saying the Philippines is even “too hospitable.”

In a series of text messages to reporters Wednesday (November 27), Sotto said it’s normal for the SEA Games host country to encounter problems.

Filipinos are “too hospitable,” he added.

“Anong gusto n’yo, mag-gold tayo, o mag-GRO tayo?” Sotto asked.

Starting November 23, social media has exploded with anecdotes of the shabby treatment received by foreign delegates upon their arrival in Manila for the SEA Games. Among their complaints include waiting for hours for a shuttle from the airport to the hotel, lack of water and nutritious food at the hotel, and difficulty checking in to their rooms.

Sotto recalled having experienced difficulties when he was abroad as part of the national team for 10-pin bowling for six years.

“In the SEA/Asian games I’ve participated in, we were left by the host country to fend for ourselves. If possible, they even make us uncomfortable to make sure we lose to them. Why do you think the host country always wins? The host country is not supposed to feed them etc etc etc,” he said.

“We spent for our meals and other expenses even lodging. There are times when we should stop bickering about petty things!” Sotto added.

Malacañang and the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee have apologized for the inconveniences experienced by foreign delegates. They vowed to do a better job while the athletic meet continues over the next two weeks.

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