Filipinos are left disappointed and ashamed with the PH’s hosting efforts so far
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo by Tristan Tamayo
The Philippines’ hosting of the 30th SEA Games started off on an embarrassing note due to a number of logistical inefficiencies. Despite claiming that preparations were 90 percent ready last October, the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has a lot to explain. Over the past few days, PHISGOC has been slammed for lack of hotel accommodations and transportation, unfinished and untested sporting venues, massive corruption, and more. Here’s how some Filipinos have reacted:
Can I just say that I’m embarrassed as a Filipino right now in regards to SEA Games hosted by my country:
-Really ugly logo
-Super mediocre cauldron
-Lack of care for our athlete visitors
-and just dumb organization
— Zeik Velardo (@YoZeik) November 24, 2019
Never before have I ever been more ashamed of being a Filipino. #SEAGamesfail
— Soriano (@ekstasssy) November 24, 2019
Sobrang lantaran ng corruption sa #SEAGames2019.
Talamak ang overpricing at pagtitipid sa mga atleta at sa mga volunteers.
We need to hold people accountable for this scam. Starting with Alan Peter Cayetano down to every single person who is a party in this money-making scheme.
— Justin Mondragon (@jjcdizon) November 19, 2019
— James Patrick Bautista 🏳️🌈 (@BoomJama) November 24, 2019
Now let’s talk press IDs…I got mine earlier today but wasn’t easy. Collection point was a bit of a mess and directed from one official to another. Heard from a fellow media member that there was no such point at Clark so he had to make come to Manila to collect his. pic.twitter.com/YoQpW9w7J0
— Matthew Mohan (@MatthewMohanCNA) November 24, 2019
Cayetano: "Hindi ito hosting ng Duterte admin. Buong Pilipinas ito." Says the man who has all the control over all the money and would have taken all the credit if it was good. I hope this ends your political aspirations. A permanent stain on our reputation. #SEAGamesfail
— Kip Oebanda (@kipoebanda) November 24, 2019
Kikiam and egg for breakfast? 🤦🏻♂️ I hope the food for the athletes is better than this. And I wonder if they provide halal or vegetarian alternatives… 🤔 https://t.co/26YM5k6CbP
— Mickey Ingles (@MickeyInglesLaw) November 25, 2019
Bakit ganun? Yung Japan gumagamit ng recycled materials for Tokyo Olympics, pero mukha pa ring sosyal. Samantalang itong Duterte Admin, bilyon-bilyon na ang nagastos pero mukha pa ring dugyot ang #SEAGames2019? 🙄🙄🙄 https://t.co/Uk8oxNPjH4
— Alt Bobong Marcos (@alt_BBM) November 20, 2019
As someone who works in sports retail, I can tell you w/ full confidence – it’s curious to have the wholesale price of anything be more expensive than retail. The highest quality performance collared shirt shouldn’t cost that much. You should, though, have spent more on the shoes https://t.co/y1L10n5XWF pic.twitter.com/s6O0wX95Af
— Nikko Ramos (@NikkoRMS) November 24, 2019
— gretchen malalad (@gretchenmalalad) November 20, 2019
— Lenlen Dinglasa (@len2dinglasa) November 24, 2019
— kylle (@kyllvlr) November 24, 2019
As much as we want to see our country prosper in the SEA Games, we have to admit that its failure to organize the tournament properly is embarrassing for all of us. The logistical mishaps are a reflection of how unprepared the PHISGOC really is. The organizing committee, who started preparing for the biennial tournament last January 2016, was given a budget of P6 billion in 2019 and even borrowed P11 billion from a Malaysian firm but still failed to organize the tournament properly. With this series of unfortunate incidents, suffice it to say that the SEA Games started off on the wrong foot.
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