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Bad timing! SEA Games intrigues bad for Filipino athletes – Defensor

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House Committee on Public Accounts chair Mike Defensor said sowing intrigues in the Southeast Asian Games preparations will only cause demoralization among local athletes.

Defensor made the remarks amid the controversy surrounding the construction of the P55-million cauldron for the upcoming 30th SEAG later this month.

“That is bad timing, wrong for country and wrong for the athletes,” he said.

Defensor, party-list representative for Anakalusgan, questioned the timing of Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon’s criticism on the construction cauldron in front of the New Clark City Stadium and warned that it will only create an atmosphere of discontent for the host delegates.

Defensor stressed that any issue against the cauldron should have been raised after the SEA Games.

“If there is any issue, it should have been raised after the SEA Games because it will only cause demoralization to our athletes whom for sure have their own concerns during their trainings,” said Defensor.

The House official defended the construction of the controversial cauldron, saying that it is even cheaper comparedto the P62 million cauldron of Singapore in 2015 and P85 million cauldron of Malaysia in 2017.

Drilon earlier scored the expensive Cauldron, saying it could have been used to build classrooms instead.

On Tuesday, House Committee on Ways and Means chair Joey Salceda said the construction of the “Imeldific” cauldron that would be used for the torch-lighting ceremony during the SEAG’s opening ceremony “is only proportional to the new and bolder character of the Filipino as coming of age and breaking into the field of emerging tigers.”

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