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Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. appears relieved to have avoided any involvement in organizing the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games as horror stories surface about foreign athletes’ experience in Manila.

Locsin on Sunday (November 24) gloated over his decision to return to the treasury the P7.5-billion budget for the SEA Games.

The fund was initially lodged with the Department of Foreign Affairs instead of the Philippine Sports Commission.

“As usual it takes a superior to see the larger picture. Hey I returned P7.5 billon pesos to treasury so I would avoid exactly what is happening to my friends who went on with the SeaGames. Pilate was a smart Roman. I took Latin,” Locsin tweeted.

The DFA chief posted the comment to accompany his retweet of a video clip from ABS-CBN News, which showed Myanmar coach Velizar Emilov Popov downplaying the problems faced by their football team upon arriving in Manila.

Social media has been exploding with anecdotes of the difficulties experienced by delegates from SEA ahead of the event’s kick off on November 30. Some of the complaints include ill-prepared hotels, late shuttle service and competition venues still under construction.

Locsin told a netizen last April that he had returned the P7.5-billion budget for the 30th SEA Games to the Department of Budget and Management.

“You mean the P7.5 billion for the 2019 SEA Games? I returned it to the DBM,” he tweeted “Cabinet was stunned I returned the money, but I said I don’t want it. I don’t like sports in general.”

PSC teamed up with the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) headed by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano to stage the event.

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