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Cayetano-led Phisgoc disputes Duterte’s corruption claim; blocks govt takeover of SEA Games

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An official of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) has denied allegation of the corruption. Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman and Phisgoc co-vice chairperson William “Butch” said Phisgoc would continue to oversee the country’s preparation for the hosting of the 30th SEA Games which will be held from November 30 to December 11 this year. Ramirez’s statement is contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to kick out Phisgoc Foundation from the SEA Games due to corruption and let the government handle the preparations to ensure zero
anomalies.

country’s preparation for the hosting of the 30th SEA Games which will be held from November 30 to December 11 this year. Ramirez’s statement is contrary to President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to kick out Phisgoc Foundation from the SEA Games due to corruption and let the government handle the preparations to ensure zero anomalies.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said:” He (Duterte) said that he doesn’t want the foundation, gusto niya gobyerno. Sabi niya maraming korapsyon diyan sa private kaya nasisira yung mga diskarte ng andiyan, kaya gusto niya gobyerno.”

Ramirez said Phisgoc would continue to handle the SEA Games in defiance of the President’s order after he and Phisgoc chair Alan Peter Cayetano met with Senator Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on July 18.

Ramirez replaced Ricky Vargas who resigned as Phisgoc chair amid corruption allegations against the Foundation controlled by Cayetano’s cronies and boys of self-styled sports patron Manny V. Pangilinan.

“There is no truth to the allegation of corruption,” Ramirez said in a statement, noting that all concerned units were now “united in one leadership.”

“Alan Peter Cayetano and myself sat down with Sen. Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to sort out issues being reported by news outfits in the past days,” he added.

Phisgoc has been accused of entering into questionable deals, including the alleged overpriced training uniforms with sports apparel company Asics.

“We assure the athletes and the general public that all decisions and transactions will be done with utmost transparency,” Ramirez said.

“The PSC, through the guidance of the Department of Budget Management and assistance of the Procurement Service shall work together to ensure that public funds are protected and that all disbursements or expenses follow existing government rules and laws,” he added.

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Phisgoc executive director Ramon “Tats” Suzara, the PE teacher of Cayetano, earlier said all the acts of Phisgoc were duly authorized by its board and executive committee where both the PSC and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) are well represented.

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“Thus, all acts of the Phisgoc are duly authorized by its board and executive committee where both the POC and PSC are represented. With their inclusion in the board and even the management committees, the POC and PSC are able to exercise control and supervision over all transactions of the Phisgoc,” Suzara said.

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