A beleaguered Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano has reportedly visited Malacanang on November 27 to meet President Rodrigo Duterte.
This was revealed by Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Executive Director Tom Carrasco who said this was the reason why Cayetano, who has been at the forefront of explaining the South East Asian Games snafus, was absent from the private foundation’s press conference scheduled on the same day.
The meeting with Duterte came after Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo reported Duterte’s displeasure over the mounting complaints from athletes and other delegates over the hotel, travel, food and venue quality.
“The President is not pleased [with] 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,” said Panelo.
“There were allegations of fraud na lumalabas sa dyaryo, ayaw niya rin ‘yon. He wants to investigate that. Hindi uubra sa kanya ang corruption,” he added.
Panelo said Cayetano, PHISGOC and other organizers were likely to be included in the probe sought by Duterte on the SEAG mess.