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Turning tables: Tagaytay hotel denies serving kikiam to SEA Games delegates, claims PH team brought in lechon

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A Tagaytay hotel has refuted the claim of the Philippine national women’s football team coach that it served kikiam to foreign and local delegates of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

In a letter addressed to Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman William “Butch” Ramirez, Whitewoods Hotel President Edgardo Capulong said the kikiam which Philippine Malditas coach Let Dimzon said was served to delegates was in fact chicken sausage.

“We have proof of this, and the PHISGOC food audit team in the hotel that are on top of the food inspection during, before and after cooking and during meal time, can attest to the fact that it was not ‘kikiam,'” Capulong said.

The hotel executive said kikiam couldn’t have been served to the delegates because it was not part of the menu and they don’t have supply.

“The other Pinoy athletes also know that they ate chicken sausage,” he said.

Dimzon earlier lamented the lack of quality food for SEA Games athletes, saying they were unable to get sufficient nutrients from their breakfast of rice, egg and kikiam.

Capulong asked Ramirez what to do with the Philippine team billetted at the hotel, which he claimed exhibited “uncalled for behavior.”

“Team Philippines brought Baliwag Lechon for dinner without coordinating the matter to your facilitiators’ food audit committee, which is a clear violation of our agreement that no oil, pork be served due to the sensitivity issue with our Muslim brothers/athletes,” he said.

Capulong lamented that Filipino athletes “are the very first one to destroy our dignity as Filipinos.”

“What is the point of winning gold for our country if we recklessly destroy other people and our honor as a nation and the Philippine Sports Commission as an institution? All our efforts and undertaking will be in vain because of a few careless, insensitive athletes of ours spreading wrong info,” he said.

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