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Sen. Risa Hontiveros lauded for staying calm in defending Filipino athletes

It all started when Hontiveros requested a probe into the facilities put up for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which was controversial because of the cost.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros is getting praised once again for remaining calm and defending Filipino athletes after fellow senator Pia Cayetano lashed out and accused her of politicizing the facilities put up by her brother, Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

In a virtual Senate hearing, Hontiveros urged to honor the athletes more because they too want to have questions about corruption answered.

“I celebrate our athletes, and they are people of honor and dignity and certainly bilang kababayan natin, they would also not want such questions that have been raised by executive and constitutional bodies to remain unanswered conclusively, and cast any shadow of possible corruption on the gold and the silver and the bronze they have brought to our country for the past many years.” she said.

“Let us continue to support our athletes but also to honor them. Let us consider cleaning all these questions about possible corruption once and for all.” she added.

John Lapus really liked how Hontiveros was cool in explaining what she believed in, and not overreacting.

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Hontiveros always had a strong stance against corruption.

The public is relying heavily on Hontiveros to solve corruption issues.

It all started when Hontiveros requested a probe into the facilities put up for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games which was controversial because of the cost.

“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 in an effort to defend her brother.

She claimed that other hosts might not want to match the sports facilities just because “people might suspect something if it looks too good.”

She said lawmakers know nothing about the “passing of the National Academy of Sports” which is the Republic Act 11470 passed last June.

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 advised lawmakers to be more careful with what they say because “your statements will once again make headlines.”

Netizens also think she’s afraid of transparency regarding the corruption allegations.

Other netizens said that the athletes won because of their talent, and not the facilities.


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