NILINAW ng Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) Miyerkoles na sa kabuuang P6 bilying pondo na ginamit sa hosting ng bansa sa 2019 SEA Games noong Disyembre, tanging P1.481 bilyong financial support mula sa Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) ang kanilang natanggap.
“We clarify that out of the total P6 billion Philippine government budget for the 30th SEA Games under GAA2019, the PSC has only provided the amount of P1.481B as financial support to the Organizing Committee,” ayon s aipinadalang sulat ni Phisgoc president and COO Ramon Suzara kay POC Secretary General Atty. Edwin Gastanes.
“The PSC has only completed remitting this amount to Phisgoc on September 4, 2020, from which we settled the lawful and valid obligations incurred for the hosting of the 30th SEA Games covered by said financial support. ”
“The remaining P4.52B GAA2019 budget for the 30th SEA Games was remitted to the DBM [Department of Budget Management] Procurement Service, and a certain amount also to the POC, or used directly by PSC for the equipment and services used for the 30th SEA Games, ” dagdag nito.
Ang ginawang paglilinaw ni Suzara ay bilang reaksiyon sa pahayag nina POC board member Jesus Clint Aranas at ni athletics chief Dr. Philip Ella Juico sa media kamakalawa na magsasampa umano sila ng reklamo laban sa mga POC official kabilang si president Rep. Abraham Tolentino, dahil sa kabiguan ng organizing comittee na ibigay ang financial statement sa ginastos sa SEA Games.
Nagsilbing host ang Pilipinas sa SEAG sa ikaapat na pagkakataon, kasunod noong 1981, 1991 at 2005, noong Nobyembre 30 hanggang Disyembre 11, 2019, sa apat na major venue kabilang ang Clark, Subic, Metro Manila at Southern Luzon.
“Since October 1, we read about the request of Messrs. Juico and Aranas in the news quoting both of them without even waiting for the POC leadership to officially act on their motion,” sabi pa ni Suzara.
“Please tell them that we would appreciate receiving POC’s letter first, rather than hearing about their stunt in the media intended to undermine Phisgoc.”
“Kindly remind them that the POC and PSC are integral parts of Phisgoc, and their actions unnecessarily cast aspersions on the integrity of all these institutions,” dagdag pa nito.
Iginiit ng Phisgoc president na ang pahayag nina Juico at Aranas ay “premature and appear to have been done in bad faith being immediately publicized in media to the prejudice of the Organizing Committee.” (Elech Dawa)
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