Drilon hits DFA's sports budget

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 7) — Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Thursday questioned the ₱7.5-billion budget for the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games under the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Drilon believes sports development should be handled by a different agency.

"Certain rules have to be followed. In this particular case, the mandate of the DFA has nothing to do with sports development and this is the first time I hear that the dfa is having ₱7.5 billion budget for sports development," Drilon said during the budget deliberations.

Senate Finance Committee Chairperson Senator Loren Legarda said the budget was crafted during the term of then Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who headed the SEA Games Organizing Committee.

"Senator Cayetano is a chairman of the organizing committee and had requested that it be lodged under, so in the preparation of the NEP (National Expenditure Program), it was put under DFA," she said.

Legarda also said that during a lunch discussion with Cayetano's successor Teddy Boy Locsin, he requested that the funds be reallocated to another agency mandated to perform tasks on sports development.

Senators had agreed to realign the funds to the Philippine Sports Commission, which has a ₱199-million budget.

CNN Philippines is still trying to get a comment from Cayetano and the DFA on the issue.