Malacanang has been forced to say sorry for the inconvenience suffered by athlete-guests from Timor-Leste, Myanmar and Cambodia at the hands of the incompetent Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC).

Handang-handa daw! Palace forced to apologize for screw-up of Cayetano-led PHISGOC: We can’t undo what has been done

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Malacanang has been forced to say sorry for the inconvenience suffered by athlete-guests from Timor-Leste, Myanmar and Cambodia at the hands of the incompetent Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC).

“The Office of the President will not offer any excuses. As host country, we apologize for the unintentional inconvenience suffered by our athlete-guests,” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement.

The embarrassing situation came just days after Cayetano declared that PHISGOC was ready for the hosting of the 30th SEA Games that would start on November 30.

Panelo noted that PHISGOC has already apologized for its ineptitude even though the private foundation’s apology statement was faceless and nameless and even blamed the athletes themselves for the snafu. Panelo appealed to the public that there was no use criticizing PHISGOC for its incompetence noting that “incidents of delays in transport and checking-in at hotels happen in international sports and games by reason of the number of countries and athletes involved.” At least, Panelo said there was no report of any danger to the athletes safety and health.

“We can no longer undo what has been done,” said Panelo.

“We are not promising that the Games will run without a hitch, given the countless athletes who will participate and represent their respective countries, but we will exercise due diligence in making sure everyone will have a pleasant, productive and memorable stay in the Philippines,” Panelo added.

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Bilib kay Vico Sotto! Pangilinan commends Pasig mayor for anti-corruption feat

Senator Francis Pangilinan is impressed with the brand of leadership of Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto.

The millennial politiko has earned a recognition from the United States Department as among the world’s anti-corruption champions. The International Anticorruption Champions Award was given to Sotto and several others individuals who have shown leadership, courage, and impact in battling corruption.

Pangilinan took to Facebook to extend his congratulations to Sotto.

“Congratulations, Mayor Vico Sotto! May your tribe increase,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Mayor Vico Sotto was recognized as standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anticorruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office,” he said.

In giving the award, the US State Department recognized Sotto as “a standard-bearer for a new generation of Philippine politicians who prioritize anticorruption and transparency initiatives in their election campaigns and in office.”

Sotto has expressed gratitude to the US agency for the latest recognition. He said it was important to “denormalize” corruption and take it out from Filipino culture.

“Thank you to the U.S. Department of State for this recognition. But more than the recognition, I hope this helps raise awareness. If we want better long-term governance, we need to fight corruption. We have to denormalize it, get it out of our culture,” he tweeted on Feb. 24.

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Drilon: No need for Cha-cha; just amend retail trade liberalization law

Senate Minority Leader Frank Drilon on Tuesday said there was no need to change the Constitution once Congress passed key economic measures such as the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act.

“The immediate passage of this law will remove the steam the powers that Cha-cha train in the House of Representatives,” Drilon said on Wednesday as Senate plenary discussed Senate Bill 1840 or the proposed amendments to Republic Act 8762.

The bill seeks to further relax foreign restrictions by removing investment categories and setting an across-the-board minimum paid up capital investment equivalent of $300,000 in Philippine peso.

“By amending the Foreign Investments Act (FIA), further relaxing retail trade restrictions and amending the public service law, the Philippines will generate up to $30 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) a year,” Drilon said.

“We are all bombarded with questions about the so-called economic charter change. Well, we do not need to be bothered by such talks because we can immediately better the investment climate,” Drilon said.

“The proposed Cha-cha simply seeks to add the phrase ‘unless otherwise provided by law’ to address the so-called economic provisions of the Constitution,” he said.

“What we need now to address the economic slowdown is a concrete solution through the enactment of various economic measures such as the amendments to the Retail Trade Liberalization Act and the Public Service Act,” he added.

Drilon is the principal author of Senate Bill 1840, which is being sponsored by Senate committee on trade chair Senator Koko Pimentel.

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