Cayetano says borrowed funds used for SEA Games a 'non-issue'

Vivienne Gulla, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 22 2019 03:52 AM

MANILA - It’s a non-issue whether or not the funds used for the construction of the facilities at the New Clark City in Tarlac for the 30th Southeast Asian Games were borrowed, according to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano.

“Whether binayaran natin or inutang walang issue 'yan,” he told reporters.

“It’s world class, nagawa ng 18 months by very good architects. Everyone who sees it says dapat sa lahat ng region meron tayo nun,” Cayetano, who also chairs the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee, said.

“They keep saying they want to support athletes pero ayaw naman nila gumastos,” he added.

Cayetano issued the statement in response to Senator Franklin Drilon, who told ANC’s Headstart that the Philippines had to borrow P11 billion to finance the SEA Games facilities.

Drilon clarified he is not against the staging of the games in the country but raised questions about its propriety especially since the Philippines has a deficit of P624 billion this year.

He also previously questioned the P50-million cauldron, which will be used at the opening ceremony of the SEA Games. Drilon said the budget could fund 50 classrooms.

Cayetano lashed back, blaming the Aquino administration for the classroom shortage.

“Sabi natin huwag muna mag K-12 the next 5 years, tapusin muna natin ‘yung backlog sa classroom. Ang Pangulong Aquino naman ang nagpilit, si Sen. Drilon ang nagpilit na mapasa na yung K-12. Tapos ngayon 50 classrooms para bang ipinagkait natin sa mga estudyante,” he said.

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