PH sports bodies vow to work together for a successful hosting of SEA Games

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 19) — Three local sports bodies have committed themselves to help each other for the successful hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.

"The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) are united in one leadership of the President of the Republic, to host and participate in the 30th Southeast Asian Games," PSC Chairman Butch Ramirez said in a statement released on Friday.

The PSC chief assured transparency in all transactions related to the hosting of the biennial sports meet.

"We assure the athletes and the general public that all decisions and transactions will be done with the utmost transparency. The PSC, through the guidance of the Department of Budget Management and assistance of the Procurement Service, shall work together to ensure that public funds are protected and that all disbursements or expenses follow existing government rules and laws," Ramirez stressed.

Ramirez said they will provide updates to all concerned groups leading to the SEA Games, which is slated to happen later this year.

"We shall be gathering presidents and athletes of all POC and PSC accredited national sports associations to personally update them on developments and be witnesses to the pledge of unity of major stakeholders of Philippine sports."

The PSC denied the corruption claims in the PHISGOC Foundation. This comes after internal issues were thrust into the spotlight when President Rodrigo Duterte said a private group handling public funds may be prone to corruption.

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"There is no truth to the allegation of corruption. Yesterday, Cong. Alan Peter Cayetano and myself sat down with Sen. Bong Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to sort out issues being reported by news outfits in the past days."

The 30th Southeast Asian Games will run from November 30 to December 11 this year. It will be the biggest SEA Games yet as it features 56 sports and 523 events spread across 39 venues in Clark, Subic, Tagaytay, La Union, Batangas, and Metro Manila.