Drilon questions P700-M fund released to PHISGOC

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Posted at Nov 19 2019 07:40 AM | Updated as of Nov 19 2019 08:50 AM

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MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Tuesday said he would question sports officials over the P700 million fund they released to a private foundation for the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

"Bakit po ito binigay sa pribadong sector? Sino po ang nag-utos? Para saan po itong P700 million? Ito po ba ay legal na ilipat po sa isang private foundation ang P700 million na pera ng bayan?" he told radio DZMM.

(Why was this given to a private sector? Who ordered it? What would it be used for? Is it legal to transfer P700 million public funds to a private foundation?)

The privately formed Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Foundation Inc. is chaired by House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.

It was formally recognized by President Rodrigo Duterte on January 25 by issuing Memorandum Circular 56, which directs all government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations to extend their full support to the body.

Last July, Duterte said government should handle preparations for the SEA Games due to alleged corruption in PHISGOC Foundation Inc., which its chief operating officer Ramon Suzara belied.

Drilon on Monday said he would seek an inquiry into the P55 million cauldron that will bear the symbolic Southeast Asian Games flame to be lit during the opening ceremonies.

“P55 million is an extravagance that is so unnecessary and somebody has to answer for this,” he told reporters.

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