The PE teacher of Taguig Rep. Alan Peter is claiming that President Rodrigo Duterte himself pushed for the creation of a private body to run the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.
ABS-CBN reported that Ramon “Tats” Suzara, CEO of Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizational Committee (Phisgoc) Foundation Inc., “claimed that from the start, the President had not wanted either the POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) or PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) alone to organize the Games, because he wanted the athletes, national sports associations and the government properly represented.”
Suzara claimed that both Malaysia and Singapore did the same approach when they hosed the biennial event in 2017 and 2010, respectively. Suzara made the statement after Duterte got a whiff of the corruption in Phisgoc which was spending P7.5 billion to host the games this November.
“We appeal to both the POC and PSC to work together from within the Phisgoc, where they are both prominently represented as originally intended by the President, with his vision of a multi-stakeholder approach to the organization of the Games,” Suzara said.
“Congressman Cayetano was chosen by the President as the consensus leader to lead this tripartite entity that is now Phisgoc. Even the POC officially recognized Congressman Cayetano when it appointed him as chairman and delegated the Games organization to Phisgoc,” he added.
Phisgoc was formed in 2018 with Cayetano as chair with the “Cayetano 4” – Suzara, Donaldo Caringal, Monica Ann F. Mitra, and Dexter Estacio – accounting for half of the foundation and controlling management.