Cayetano: SEA Games opening to be at par with Olympics

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 28 2019 05:05 PM

House speaker Alan Peter Cayetano during an inspection at the New Clark City Sports Complex in Capas, Tarlac on November 21, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Filipinos can expect the opening ceremonies of the upcoming 30th Southeast Asian Games in the country to be at par with the opening programs of the Olympics and other international sports competitions.

House Speaker and Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chair Alan Peter Cayetano gave a teaser of what Filipinos can expect when he dropped by the ABS-CBN Headquarters on Thursday. 

“If you have seen some openings sa Olympics halos ganoon yung standard kasi ang gumawa sa opening has made more than 30 openings whether Asian Games, Olympic Games, and it will focus doon sa sariling atin but it will be using more modern technology,” he said.

Cayetano said ABS-CBN is going to be the SEA Games broadcast partner for the opening this Saturday, November 30. 

“It will really be a great show. We believe that all Filipinos should have the opportunity to watch and since hindi naman lahat makapunta doon live it’s a big big privilege and honor to have ABS-CBN cover it live so that not only can all Filipinos win as one but enjoy the opening ceremonies as one," he said.

Cayetano was received at the ABS-CBN headquarters by top network officials led by ABS-CBN Chairman Mark Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer Carlo Katigbak, and Chief Operating Officer for Broadcast Cory Vidanes. The ABS-CBN leaders presented Cayetano with a plaque of appreciation for his support for the media partnership in the SEA Games.

Meantime, the House Speaker also assured the public they have contingency plans in case the weather gets problematic after the weather bureau reported that a storm is headed for the country. 

“It’s very important that we have the opening sa Philippine Arena kasi pagka doon tayo sa Clark at open then exposed tayo to the elements. Having said that, it’s 11 days naman from opening to closing then may mga ongoing na ngayon so may mga contingency plans tayo. But you know, there’s no harm and in fact it will help if we also pray as one,” he said. 

PHISGOC has been criticized for the unfinished game venues, inadequate meals served to athletes and transportation delays among others.

It also came under fire for the P45 million price tag of the SEA Games cauldron, which Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said could already build several classrooms.

Cayetano and 1PACMAN Party-list Rep. Mikee Romero earlier blamed Drilon for the budget delay, saying the senator proposed cutting the funds for the SEA Games by about a third and moved it under the Philippine Sports Commission.

Cayetano earlier said other countries also encountered problems with hosting the regional event and that athletes should expect better service in the coming days.

He also said he was ready to face any investigation into the alleged irregularities as soon as the SEA Games wraps up on Dec. 12.