Senator Bong Go is giving Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and his brainchild, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), a last chance to prevent the Southeast Asian Games from becoming a bust or there will be hell to pay to President Rodrigo Duterte.
In a privilege speech, Go said: “Let me remind everyone that you will be answerable to the President and most especially to the Filipino people.”
“Huwag po nating hayaan na pumalpak ito. There is a right time for everything. Huwag tayong magturuan ngayon. But after the games, papanagutin natin ang dapat na managot,” he added.
The President apparently felt the SEA Games was seriously in trouble that he told Go to stay in the country to fix this issue while he went to the ASEAN-South Korea commemorative summit.
Go said PHISGOC-Cayetano’s apologies were not enough to address the mounting complaints on transportation, accommodation, and travel issues by athlete-guests from Cambodia, Myanmar, Timor-Leste, and Thailand as well as from our own national players.
Go questioned why PHISGOC-Cayetano has completed only 90 percent of its preparations on October 30 or just a month left before the start the the Games.
“Bakit nangyari ang mga ganito? Hindi ito madadaan sa apology lamang. Ang kailangan ay gisingin lahat. Huwag papatay patay. Anim na araw na lang po at opening na ..kaya dapat maayos na ito,” said Go.
“Ang Office of the President, Senate, at Congress, nagbigay ng lahat na kakailanganing pondo at suporta para sa hosting kung kaya walang rason para sabihin na hindi tayo handa,” he added.
Of the three entities involved in the event, Go said PHISGOC was primarily responsible for the planning and actual preparations, organization, management and execution of the hosting. He said the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), along with the Department of Budget and Management – Procurement Service, handled the funding and public procurement while the Philippine Olympic Committee handled the technical aspects of all sporting events.
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