Opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros answered back to her fellow senators who had opposed her call for a probe into the allegations hounding the joint venture of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) and a Malaysian firm in the construction of sports facilities for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

“Calling for an investigation into possible irregularities surrounding the construction of the sports facilities used in the SEA Games tarnishes neither the achievements of our athletes nor the honor they have earned for the country,” said Hontiveros.

“They should not be used as an excuse to sweep the issue under a rug. After all, it was our athletes who won the medals, and not the persons responsible for a project flagged as anomalous by the Commission on Audit (COA),” the senator continued.

“This is about accountability, not politics. The Senate should not be prevented from doing its job. There are just too many questions, and it is about time we stopped hiding the answers behind our athletes,” she added.

“Kaya huwag nating daanin sa pagdadabog o ipasa na lang basta-basta sa Ombudsman. Dapat itong imbestigahan dahil napakaraming bahid na nadehado tayo, at para maisaayos at mabigyang-linaw ang batas ukol sa mga joint venture,” said Hontiveros.

The senator earlier delivered a privilege speech calling for a legislative probe into the P9.5-billion loan a Malaysian contractor, MTD Capital Berhad, took from the Development Bank of the Philippine (DBP) to build the facilities at New Clark City.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Pia Cayetano, however, rebuffed Hontiveros for insisting on a probe, saying it was not a fitting response to the unprecedented medal haul Filipino athletes won in the regional tournament.

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