The public should help in the country's hosting of the Southeast Asian Games instead of criticizing organizers for "glitches," its security chief said Friday, as authorities anticipated the arrival of some 5,000 more foreign delegates.
Organizers earlier drew flak for troubles in the transport and lodging of athletes, inadequate meals, unfinished game venues, and the accreditation of foreign press, among others.
"Sa halip na babatikusin natin — mga minor ano lang naman 'yon glitches — sana tulungan natin," said police Brig. Gen. Lyndon Lawas, commander of the SEA Games security task force.
"I-avoid nating malagay sa alanganin ang pangalan ng buong Pilipinas. Sana maging Pilipino tayo," he added.
(Instead of criticizing — those are just minor glitches — let's just help. Let's avoid jeopardizing the name of the whole Philippines. Let's be Filipinos.)
Some 2,700 delegates out of the total 8,000 are already in the country for the SEA Games, which formally opens on Saturday, he said.
Lawas urged motorists to avoid EDSA and the South and North Luzon expressways from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday to give way to the vehicle convoys of athletes heading for the venue of the competition's opening rites at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, a Manila suburb.