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Game of PHISGOC roles: Ramon Suzara out as Alan Cayetano kicks Butch Ramirez upstairs

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A shakeup within the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) is set to happen barely two months before the 2019 SEA Games kicks off.

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday (September 17) confirmed that Phisgoc Chief Operating Officer Ramon Suzara will be replaced.

Cayetano did not say if Suzara, his Physical Education teacher at De La Salle Zobel, will be replaced by Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez, but hinted that the latter will have a bigger role to play in the SEA Games preparations.

“We were advised that habang palapit, kailangan mo ng crisis or executive committee para sa day to day problems. And si Chairman Butch has told me he’s willing to do more at tutukan din ito,” he said.

Cayetano said there is a need to review the roles of Phisgoc officials since some of them, like Suzara, are busy with the preparations for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

“We’re thinking of elevating two others who have been doing… two or three others who have been doing hard work to positions na pwedeng sila ang maging hammer o sila ang magma-martilyo sa kailangang gawin in the next two months,” he said.

The SEA Games will start on November 31 and will go on until December 11.

Preparations have been marred by controversies on alleged corruption and leadership squabbles.

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