Cayetano apologizes to foreign athletes for inconveniences

By Erma Edera

House Speaker and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Chair Alan Peter Cayetano on Sunday night visited the athletes from participating countries who were affected by the transportation, food, practice and hotel inconveniences upon their arrival in Manila for the 30th SEA Games.

 (Photo from 2019 Sea Games Facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN) (Photo from 2019 Sea Games Facebook page/ MANILA BULLETIN)

A post by the 2019 SEA Games Facebook page said Cayetano personally apologized to the football teams from Timor Leste, Myanmar, Cambodia, Singapore and Brunei for “some inconveniences caused by the delayed transport and accommodation.”

Cayetano was seen talking to some of the athletes and coaches from the participating countries.

The post also read, “ALL IS WELL THAT ENDS WELL.”

Cayetano also assured the teams that the Philippine hosting will be “great and meaningful for everyone.”

On Nov. 25, PHISGOC apologized for the problems encountered by men’s football teams upon their arrival in the country.

“We sincerely apologize to our athlete guests from Timor-Leste, Myanmar, and Cambodia for the inconvenience caused to them by the confusion regarding their transportation and hotel arrangements,” PHISGOC said in a statement.