MANILA -- House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Tuesday insists there is no anomaly involved in the construction of the Southeast Asian Games cauldron.
"Hindi ko naman sinasabing maliit na pera ito," Cayateno, who also chairs the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), said in an interview on dzMM's Dos por Dos.
"Si Senator (Franklin) Drilon na mismo ang nagsabi kanina, walang nagsasabing may anomalya, walang nagsasabing may overpiricing."
Cayetano also said the cauldron, which was designed by National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” Mañosa, was worth P45 million, and not P55 million as Drilon previously said.
"Kung titignan natin siya as kaldero, sasabihin mong mahal. Pero kung titignan mo siya na isang monumento, isang work of art..."
Cayetano said the money for the cauldron was well spent since it symbolizes the Games itself.
"Isipin mo ang Rizal Park. Kung wala 'yung monumento ni Rizal, e 'di park lang 'yun," he said.
"'Pag sinabi mong Southeast Asian Games, hindi pwedeng walang cauldron. Kasi 'yung apoy dun 'yung simbolo ng pagpapasa-pasa ng mga atleta throughout the generations."
The PHISGOC official also pointed out that the structure is cheaper compared to the amount spent by neighboring Southeast Asian countries during their turn to host the games.
"Sa Singapore, 'yung kanilang cauldron nila was P62 million and 4 years ago po ito," he pointed out.
"Ang Malaysia, gumastos ng P7 billion in hosting alone, P15 billion for sports development, P1.5 billion to upgrade sports facilities and... 'yung KL Sports City ni-refurbish nila at P8.3 billion."
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