Construction worker hurt in SEA Games venue accident


Posted at Nov 26 2019 08:13 AM | Updated as of Nov 26 2019 08:17 AM

Men work on the facade of the Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium in Manila on Nov. 18, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News/File

MANILA — A construction worker was injured in an accident at the Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila, one of the venues of the 30th Southeast Asian Games that authorities are scrambling to complete, police said Tuesday. 

Richard Delos Santos, 46, was dismantling scaffolding when he lost his balance and fell due to rainfall on Monday. He sustained leg injuries and was rushed to the Ospital ng Maynila, said Col. Carlo Manuel, public information officer of the Manila police.

There was no immediate information about the height from which Santos fell, he said. 

Foreign press earlier reported woeful preparations for the SEA Games, including the ongoing renovation of the Rizal Memorial Stadium, days before the regional event's opening on Saturday. 

Online uproar also ignited after pictures of foreign athletes waiting for transportation at the airport and their room reservations at their respective hotels circulated online. Photos of inadequate food served to the athletes and unfinished venues also went viral. 


House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and 1PACMAN Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero attributed the mishaps to a delay in the passage of this year's national budget, which opposition Sen. Franklin Drilon rejected

Malacañang on Sunday apologized for the blunders. 

"We can no longer undo what has been done. The Office of the President will not offer any excuses. As host country, we apologize for the unintentional inconvenience suffered by our athlete-guests," Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

The SEA Games opening ceremony will be held Saturday. This marks the Philippines' fourth time hosting the biennial regional event in which athletes from 11 countries will face off. 

— With a report from Lady Vicencio, ABS-CBN News