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    Cayetano reassures commitment of PH in hosting SEA Games amid 'sabotage' plot claim

    Mar 22, 2019

    THE Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) has reassured it will push through with the country’s hosting of the 2019 SEA Games despite the challenges the preparation for the Games is facing.

    The preparation of the country’s hosting of the SEA Games has been marred by budget cuts and the late release of government funds, with the Daily Tribune reporting, quoting a source, the SEA Games Federation Council is closely monitoring the Philippines’ preparations for the hosting of the 2019 SEA Games.

    The paper’s source said they are hoping that if the Philippines will withdraw its hosting of the Games, it should do it as soon as possible.

    Phisgoc chairman Alan Peter Cayetano, however, assured in a post on his official Facebook page the country will push through with the hosting in the midst of challenges particularly on the SEA Games budget.

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      The former Senator and Foreign Affairs secretary admitted there might be personalities that are out to sabotage the preparations of the country in the biennial meet, but Cayetano said that will not stop the Phisgoc from continuing their work.

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      “There is no stopping the Philippines from hosting the 30th SEA Games. It may be apparent that there are personalities who are eyeing to sabotage the preparations for the Philippines’ hosting of the SEA games. We at PHISGOC would like to reiterate our openness to listen and address their concerns on various issues. We will not tolerate fake news or misinformation that will damage the image of the country.

      So far, the budget of the government for the SEA Games has been slashed from P7.5 billion to P5 billion, the amount that has yet to be released due to a stalemate between lawmakers in the approval of the 2019 General Appropriations Act.

      Cayetano appealed to all Philippine stakeholders to unite and uphold this year’s SEA Games theme of “We Win as One.”

      “For now, we appeal to the sports officials and stakeholders that we need to continue to prepare as one, work as one so we can win as one.

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      “We can resolve all these differences through direct communication and not by disseminating misleading news, insinuations and intrigues which are damaging the reputation of our country and demoralizing our athletes including the entire workforce of the Organizing Committee,” Cayetano said.

      Here is the statement of Cayetano in full:

      We at the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) would like to assure our athletes, the sports community, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and the rest of the Filipino people that all preparations for the 30th South East Asian games are in full swing.

      Despite the budget cuts and various challenges confronting the Philippine hosting of the 30th SEA games, we are unfazed and determined to make this successful. We are determined to pursue our task and responsibility which was given to us by President Rodrigo Duterte last year. We know that the budget limitation is a major factor. But our strong will to mount the best SEA games in history for the sake of our athletes and the Filipino people is bigger than any other problem confronting us today,” said Cayetano.

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      PHISGOC has already laid the groundwork for success of the SEA Games. The construction of the New Clark City Sports Complex to be used for the 30th SEA Games is on track for completion by September 2019. The fast construction of these facilities proves the Duterte Administration’s commitment to enhance Philippine sports development to produce more world-class athletes and to host international sporting events in the future.

      Through representations with the SEA Games Federation Council, the 30th SEA Games will have 56 sports with 523 events for the Philippine hosting, the biggest in the history of the SEA Games.

      As we speak, we are now into the detailed planning of these sporting events, including the six (6) e-Sports made as medal events for the first time in a multi-sport competition sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee.

      PHISGOC has been successful in tapping private companies to sponsor the Games and augment its budget. The overwhelming support of the private partners boosts our efforts to facilitate event preparations.

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      Budget is clearly a challenge. We continue to work with legislative and administrative branches of government.

      There is no stopping the Philippines from hosting the 30th SEA games. It may be apparent that there are personalities who are eyeing to sabotage the preparations for the Philippines’ hosting of the SEA games. We at PHISGOC would like to reiterate our openness to listen and address their concerns on various issues. We will not tolerate fake news or misinformation that will damage the image of the country.

      For now, we appeal to the sports officials and stakeholders that we need to continue to prepare as one, work as one so we can win as one.

      We can resolve all these differences through direct communication and not by disseminating misleading news, insinuations and intrigues which are damaging the reputation of our country and demoralizing our athletes including the entire workforce of the Organizing Committee.

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      The hosting of this biennial event is a great opportunity to showcase our people, athletes and the country in general. Let us not waste this chance to make our athletes and the Filipino people proud of our country.

      To our athletes, pray for us and train well. Through your support, we will make it happen.

      Let us not play into unseen forces trying to break up this unity, setting us up for failure as a country, and making us a laughing stock of the international sports community.

      We at PHISGOC remain committed and shall continue to work hard for the success of the 30th SEA Games for our nation and the Filipino people.

      GOD Bless The Philippine Athletes.

      GOD Bless The Philippines!

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