DUTERTE: I am sure Cayetano is not involved in corruption

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With billions of pesos poured into the country's hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, President Rodrigo Duterte said the staging of the biennial meet should run without any hitch.


Duterte, who cited the inconveniences suffered by the football teams upon their arrival at the airport over the weekend, promised an investigation after the games close in the second week of December.

"In the first place, where is the money? You should have had a group paid," Duterte said while discussing how the games organizers should have made sure the football teams were met at the airport and brought to their hotels promptly.

"To me personally, there was a lot of money poured into this activity now and I suppose that with that kind of money you can run things smoothly. Apparently siguro may mga palpak," he added.

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Duterte indicated that Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano should explain how things could go wrong in the initial stages of the country's hosting but still expressed confidence in his staunch political ally.

Cayetano is the chairman of the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee.

"He has to answer but I am sure Cayetano is not involved in corruption," Duterte said.

Duterte also expressed confidence in the other leaders of the PHISGOC—Chef de Mission William “Butch” Ramirez, and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino—but lamented what he called a “lack of foresight.”

“Tatlo ‘yang body, ‘yung POC pati ‘yung kay Bambol Tolentino, these are guys. Ramirez has been with me ever since mayor ako, wala akong ano sa kanya,” Duterte said in Malacañang.

“I don’t know if its outright lack of foresight,” the president added, referring to the numerous miscues that have marred the Philippines’ hosting of the sports meet.

Duterte also said he planned to put military men in charge of organizing future events like the SEA Games that will be held in the country.

“Itong mga ganito should be handled by military men because they are better organizers because the entire Armed Forces is one big organization and they are trained to be structural in training,” Duterte said.

Duterte said the investigation would come after the games.

"Let is investigate but you know but if you are a reasonable man, you will not create a firestorm now when we are in the thick of preparations," Duterte said.

"I assure you, there will be an investigation," he added.

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