'Meron talagang aberya': Fernandez says sports hosting problems 'normal'

John Gabriel Agcaoili, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 25 2019 11:17 PM

MANILA - After public outcry exploded over the experience of members of some foreign delegations to the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, the head of the country's sports body said problems will always be experienced in sporting events.

"Meron talagang aberya na mangyayari. Ang importante, magagawan ng paraan at solusyon," Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chief Ramon Fernandez told radio DZMM Monday.

Some members of some foreign sports delegations have complained of awful accommodations and delayed transportation after their arrival in the Philippines.

Pictures of foreign athletes waiting for hours for transportation at the airport and their room reservations at their respective hotels circulated online.

Photos of inadequate food served to the athletes and unfinished venues also went viral.

Fernandez urged the public "not to lose our focus on the games".

"Like the last time nandoon kami sa Malaysia, merong food poisoning. Meron ding transportation strike 'yung mga driver nila hindi binayaran," he said, citing incidents during the 2017 Games in Malaysia.

"Let's stay on the positive side na lang. Talagang mayroong mangyayaring aberya na ganyan. We just have to help them."

House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, who is the current chairman of the Games' main organizer, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), earlier said the problem being faced by the host country is not new in the history of the Games.

He, however, owed up to some of the delayed transport of foreign contingents.

PHISGOC on Sunday apologized for the inconvenience and confusion felt by athletes and media personnel alike.

“We acknowledge our shortcomings in this particular incident and vow to do better,” it said in a statement.

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