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Sen. Pia Cayetano left fuming after Sen. Risa Hontiveros asks for probe into funding for 2019 SEA Games sports facilities

Cayetano highlighted how no one wants to match the sports facilities just because “people might suspect something if it looks too good.”

Former national athlete and incumbent Senator Pia Cayetano isn’t about to take “pot shots” at the construction of world-class facilities the Duterte administration spearheaded from the 2019 Southeast Asian Games lying down.

In what a lot of netizens called an emotional outburst to Sen. Risa Hontiveros’s call for a probe, Cayetano asked why there was a need to “politicize” the world-class facilities put up under her brother Allan Peter Cayetano’s guidance,

“Most of these athletes will never even be remembered… but on that day we won the gold medal, the entire Southeast Asian countries paid their due respect to the Filipino athletes,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano highlighted how no one wants to match the sports facilities just because “people might suspect something if it looks too good.”

“So paano, puro bulok na lang tayo para walang pumapansin?”

She also said that lawmakers apparently have no knowledge of the “passing of the National Academy of Sports”, referring to Republic Act 11470 passed this June 2020.

The National Academy of Sports law institutionalizes a national sports program, which seeks to find talented young athletes and nurture them under the Academy.

She asked that other lawmakers be careful of their statements because “your statements will once again make headlines.”

Netizens were quick to point out how her emotional outburst while having some conviction, lacked the “substance” necessary to debunk claims of corruption—i.e. a full audit of the facilities.

Others even said the success the athletes achieved during the 2019 SEA Games had nothing to do with the sports facilities put up under her younger brother, Taguig-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano.

Some even said she is merely trying to get her brother out of the line of fire as the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) still owes nearly P400 million to the Philippine Olympic Commission (POC) for mobilizing suppliers during the meet.

Rep. Cayetano chaired the PHISGOC, which notoriously overfunded a cauldron meant to carry the SEA Games flame.

Rep. Cayetano has been under fire ever since the beginning of the 2019 SEA Games as delays in construction and accommodation for the SEA Games athletes marred the opening of the regional sports meet.

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