Senate to investigate SEA Games mess

By Luchi de Guzman, CNN Philippines

The Senate is set to investigate the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games if it proves to be a flop, the Senate sports committee chair said.

“There is a right time for everything, huwag tayong magturuan ngayon. But after the games papanagutin natin ang dapat managot. As chair of the committee on sports and a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee, handa po tayo na mag-imbestiga sa mga kapalpakan na mangyayari sa hosting natin sa Southeast Asian Games,” Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said in a privilege speech Monday.

[Translation: There is a right time for everything, let’s not point fingers now. But after the games we will make accountable those who are accountable. As chair of the committee on sports and a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee, we are ready to investigate the missteps that happened during our hosting of the SEA Games.]

The Philippines’ hosting of the SEA Games has been rife with controversy, from the lackluster logo and promotional materials, volunteer complaintslogistical issues, and Filipino athletes dropped from the lineup days ahead from the official start of the event.

House Speaker and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chairperson Alan Peter Cayetano has apologized to foreign athletes.

He apologized to the four international football teams for “some inconveniences” including delayed transport and accommodation upon their arrival in the Philippines.

SEA Games sponsor Century Park Hotel also apologized for not being able to accommodate the Cambodia team when they came in early on November 23.

“We are also coordinating with the organizers on other concerns raised by the Thai team, since part of the agreement with them is a cycle menu for the SEA Games delegation as well as two bottles of water per day to be supplied per person based on hotel industry standards,” the hotel said in a statement.

As PHISGOC head, Malacañang said that Cayetano would be accountable for the SEA Games, whether it ends as a success or as a mess.

The SEA Games will officially open on November 30, and will formally close on December 11.

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