If the blame game is a medal sport in the South East Asian Games, Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) will sweep the gold medal.
Senator Bong Go cited the blame tossing between PHISGOC-Cayetano and other SEA Games organizers for the unraveling monumental failure in hosting the biennial sports spectacle.
“Noong naghahanda tayo for Southeast Asian Games, may kanya-kanyang mandato ang gobyerno. Ang Office of the President, Senate, at Congress, nagbigay ng lahat na kakailanganing pondo at suporta para sa hosting kung kaya walang para sabihin na hindi tayo handa,” an exasperated Go said in a privilege speech alluding to the P17 billion budget obtained by Cayetano, half of which was for the New Clark City stadium, a pet project of his former Senate staffer, Bases Conversion and Development Authority Vince Dizon.
“Kahit na may iba-ibang responsibilidad na nakatoka sa PHISGOC, sa PSC (Philippine Sports Commission), at sa POC (Philippine Olympic Committe), hindi ibig sabihin nito na wala na tayong pakialam sa isa’t isa. Huwag tayo magkanya-kanya,” he added.
Based on Go’s explanation, Cayetano’s frustratingly inept PHISGOC has the biggest role in the games: “Primarily responsible for the planning and actual preparations, organization, management and execution of the hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games.”
In contrast, the PSC, along with the Department of Budget and Management-Procurement Service, took care of the funding and public procurement aspect of the Games while the POC took charge of the technical aspects of all sporting events.
Go issued a stern warning against the warring groups: “Tandaan niyo: ang kapalpakan ng isa ay kapalpakan nating lahat. Let me remind everyone that you will be answerable to the president and most especially to the Filipino people.”
Go is among the biggest backer of Cayetano and his bid to take full control of the SEA Games through PHISGOC.