House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability Chairman and Bulacan 1st District Rep. Jose Antonio Sy-Alvarado said that his panel is open to conduct a hearing into the issues hounding the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) last year.
Sy-Alvarado’s statement came amid the growing clamor for an inquiry into the alleged corruption and irregularities involving billions of government funds allotted to the regional sports event.
In response, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that despite the Office of the Ombudsman’s (OMB) creation of a fact-finding committee last December to investigate the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), it is up to the House panel whether it would push through with the probe.
PHISGOC was chaired by ousted House Speaker and Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.
Roque added: “The 30th Southeast Asian Games showcased not only our local athletes at their best but also demonstrated our successful hosting of a world-class sporting event. Let us, therefore, not dishonor the men and women who gave honor and glory to the country by engaging in political innuendos and witch hunts.”
Around P6 billion was allocated for the country’s fourth hosting of the SEA Games from November 30 to December 11, 2019.
Despite the huge budget, PHISGOC still earned criticisms for inconveniences on transport, lodging, and other logistical issues experienced by foreign athletes before the SEA Games’ formal opening.