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Palace: Robredo’s firing not meant to divert public from SEA Games mess

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang rejected allegations that the termination of Vice President Leni Robredo from the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs was meant to divert public attention from the problems hounding the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games

“The (issue on the) SEA Games is only limited to that cauldron. The majority of the Filipinos are criticizing the opposition or that particular person for criticizing the making of a cauldron by a National Artist,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said referring to Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon.

Drilon earlier questioned the P50-million cost for the design and construction of the SEA Games stadium cauldron, saying its construction is equivalent to 50 classrooms.

“I think there is a unanimity of opinion that the criticism is without ground,” added Panelo.

Reacting to the incidents of delays in transport and accommodation of SEA Games athletes, the Palace official said such inconvenience is unavoidable.

“The SEA Games organizers have apologized. You cannot discount any delays incident of non-transport or late check-in given the fact that there are so many athletes coming to the Philippines. Natural lang yun,” he added.

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