'Bakit ganito?': Go questions SEA Games organizers amid mounting complaints


Posted at Nov 25 2019 06:43 PM

MANILA - Sen. Christopher "Bong" Go on Monday questioned organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games after several complaints were made by foreign athletes and press members ahead of the sporting event's launch.

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), the event's main coordinating body, had claimed 90 percent of infrastructure for the SEA GAMES was already finished.

Go recalled PHISGOC's claim, which was made by its chief operating officer Ramon "Tats" Suzara.

"As of October 30, 2019, PHISGOC stated that preparations are 90% complete. Bakit nangyari ang mga ganito?" Go said.

Football teams from several countries taking part in the Games revealed on Sunday they had problems in transportation, hotel accommodations, food, and scheduling practice sessions.

Aside from athletes, members of international media also encountered accreditation issues for the Games.

PHISGOC has apologized for the inconvenience and confusion on transportation, hotel arrangements, and other complications.

“We acknowledge our shortcomings in this particular incident and vow to do better,” it said.

House Speaker and PHISGOC Chairman Allan Peter Cayetano also sought for understanding.

"Handang handa tayo na magbigay ng world class hosting, but even in world class hostings, tao tayo. Hindi perfect. Doon sa 75 arrivals, a great majority, 95 percent ay medyo natutuwa. For $50 a day, ang gaganda ng hotel na titirahan nila," he said. 

Go however rejected PHISGOC's apology, saying this is not the time for offerings of remorse.

"Hindi apology ang kailangan natin ngayon. Hindi ito madadaan sa apology lamang," he said.