MANILA - Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday apologized for incorrectly saying that the designer of the controversial P50-million cauldron for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games was the father-in-law of one of the event's organizers.
Drilon earlier told ANC that National Artist Francisco "Bobby" Mañosa was the father-in-law of Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) president Vivencio "Vince" Dizon, who spearheaded the construction of the SEA Games' main venue in Capas, Tarlac.
"I was wrong in my information. I apologize to Vince Dizon for this statement," Drilon told ABS-CBN News after his guesting on ANC's Headstart.
"It is not true and I am making this clarification," he said.
Drilon was among the politicians who slammed game organizers for spending some P50 million for the construction of a cauldron, instead of earmarking the funds for athletes and their training.
The cauldron will be used to light a symbolic flame to mark the start of the games. It is expected to keep the fire alive for 11 days until the end of the 30th SEA Games.
Drilon said he would mount a Senate inquiry to probe how the government spent the SEA Games budget.