MANILA - Malacañang believes Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano does not have anything to do with the allegations of corruption currently hounding the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Foundation.
Cayetano, who was recently endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte for House Speaker, is the chairman of PHISGOC.
“Hindi naman, kasi Cayetano just entered recently kaya nga sya pinapasok because of those allegations,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters on Tuesday.
“Definitely, not this Cayetano.”
Duterte was recently quoted as saying he is barring the PHISGOC from organizing the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games scheduled this November, preferring instead to delegate the task to the Philippine Olympic Committee.
“I have to be responsible for this… me, personally, give it to government,” the Manila Tribune quoted Duterte as saying.
Duterte, however, clarified that corruption allegation against PHISGOC was not the factor why he wanted the foundation off the SEA Games.
“It should be the government… the most interested in winning the medal… iyang foundation na iyan panggulo iyan… So many fingers that dipping on… not necessarily corruption naman… pero gobyerno na lang para isa lang…” Duterte said.
Panelo said the President does not want PHISGOC to handle the international event as private groups are usually riddled with corruption and politicking.
“He said that he does not want the foundation, gusto niya gobyerno. Sabi nya, maraming kurapsyon sa private kaya nasisira mga diskarte ng mga nandun, kaya gusto niya gobyerno,” Panelo said.
“Yun lang ang pagkabanggit nya, marami diyan ang kurapsyon, maraming pulitika kasi diyan kaya buti nalang gobyerno na lang.”