MANILA — Sen. Ronald Dela Rosa on Monday cast doubt on House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano's liability for the "trivial" mishaps that initially hit the country's hosting of the Southeast Asian Games.
Cayetano chaired the private entity that led preparations for the 30th Sea Games, which 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.
The Senate and Malacañang will investigate the issue separately.
“Hindi naman sana tayo maging fault-finder kung hindi kung ano talaga yung mai-establish na meron... In the course of the investigation lalabas at lalabas talaga kung saan aabot ang sunog,” Dela Rosa said in a phone interview with ABS-CBN News.
“Sa nakikita ko naman tong mga trivial issues na ito... imposible naman na aabot pa ito sa chairman, kay Speaker Cayetano," he added.
(I hope we won't be fault finders, and instead just establish what was really there. In the course of the administration, the extent of the fire will be revealed. From what I see, it would have been impossible for these trivial issues to reach the chairman, Speaker Cayetano.)
An inquiry into the SEA Games will “find out if irregularities were really committed” by its organizers, he said.
The good performance of Filipino athletes, he added, trumps the comments of critics.
“Bahala sila, manigas sila. Wala akong pakialam sa sasabihin nila,” he said of naysayers.
(I don't care about what they'll say.)
Report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News