SEN. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Monday expressed readiness to investigate allegations of corruption against the Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc).
“Kung merong magsasampa ng reklamo o resolution sa Senado, handa po tayo at hindi ako mag-aatubiling isagawa ang parallel investigation on the allegations against Phisgoc (I will immediately schedule a parallel investigation once there is a complaint or resolution lodged with the Senate on allegations against Phisgoc) on top of what the Ombudsman and the House of Representatives are doing now,” he said.
“Ang importante naman po ay malaman ng taumbayan ang katotohanan. Nagsabi naman po ang Phisgoc, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee at iba pang nag-organisa ng hosting natin noong 2019 Southeast Asian Games na handa silang sagutin ang mga alegasyon laban sa kanila (What is important is for the public to know the truth.
Phisgoc, PSC, POC and others who helped in the hosting of the 2019 SEA Games said they were ready to answer corruption allegations against them),” the chairman of the Senate sports committee bared.
Malacañang earlier said it would leave the matter to the Office of the Ombudsman and the House of Representatives.
There have been calls for a deeper probe of the alleged irregularities during the hosting of the 2019 SEA Games following the admission of the PSC that it owes P387 million to its suppliers.
House Speaker Lord Alam Velasco had said he was willing to conduct an inquiry into the matter. The Phisgoc was headed by former speaker Allan Peter Cayetano.
Go said he asked the Budget department to help the PSC and Phisgoc settle their debts.
“Kung ano ang utang, dapat mabayaran. Obligasyon nila ito, lalo na ‘yung para sa mga maliliit na mga suppliers at mga suweldo ng mga taong naghirap upang maging maganda ang hosting natin ng nakaraang SEA Games (What is owed must be paid. This is their obligation to the small suppliers and wages of those who helped make hosting of the past SEA Games successful),” he stressed.
“Ibigay na kaagad dahil ayaw natin na ang mga ordinaryong Pilipino ang pumapasan sa kakulangan ng iilan na makapagbayad on time. Meron pa naman tayong pandemyang hinaharap at marami sa mga kababayan natin ang naghihirap pa rin (We should pay them on time. Particularly now that there is the coronavirus pandemic and many of our countrymen are facing difficulties),” the senator said.
“Napakaganda ng hosting natin ng SEA Games. Naipakita natin sa buong mundo ang galing ng atletang Pilipino. Huwag sana ito masayang, aksyunan na natin ang mga naiwang mga obligasyon at tuldukan na ang mga isyu na konektado rito (We had a successful hosting of the SEA Games. We showed to the world the prowess of Filipino athletes. This should not be wasted, act on these obligations and put an end to these issues),” he added.