Voice of the Times | Oct. 19, 2020
#TheManilaTimes #VoiceoftheTimes #VOTTFor today's Ombudsman should close the book on the 30th SEA Games***HISTORICALLY, the republic has not hosted or organized an international sports competition as big or as costly as the 30th Southeast Asian or SEA Games in December two thousand nineteen.It says in the records that its closing ceremony left little to the imagination, to wit:"Spectacular and smashing bright fireworks display lit up the night at New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac as the Philippines wrapped up its hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games, the biggest in the history of the biennial meet in terms of number of sporting events and athletes."It featured production numbers from internationally renowned performers, who have Kapampangan blood."***"Following the Olympic tradition, athletes who competed in the SEA Games 2019 entered the venue as 'one team' after the flag bearers as a symbol of unity.""Spectators and delegates alike were in awe with the drone show that had various formations, including the official logo of the 30th SEA Games, the sports played, the Philippine flag and the tagline 'We Win As One.'"Then-House Speaker and Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee or Phisgoc Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano declared that the country's hosting broke many records by being the most viewed SEA Games in history and the biggest ever with 530 events in 56 sports."We, Filipinos, have shown the world that we can do it, and we will do it with world-class quality," he said.***Following this send-off, there were loud cries and demands from the people (including Filipino athletes and sports leaders themselves) for a full investigation into the staging and management of the games by Phisgoc.Then, the Ombudsman entered the picture; he declared that his office would conduct an investigation into the management of the event.On December 10 two thousand nineteen, The Manila Times published reported that the Office of the Ombudsman had started its investigation of alleged corruption in connection with the country's hosting of the 30th SEA Games."I have just created a panel to conduct a fact-finding investigation…'pag may nakitang ebidensya (if there is evidence), then we will be forced to file a case against those officials involved," Ombudsman Samuel Martires said in an interview.***For more news and information, get a copy of The Manila Times on print. Subscribe to our digital edition. Or log on to us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and listen to the "Voice of the Times."