Duterte ‘angry’ over troubles faced by SEA Games athletes

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 26) — President Rodrigo Duterte is “angry” over the troubles faced by some athletes participating in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, his spokesperson said Tuesday.

Siyempre hindi gusto ng Presidente,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said over state-run Radyo Pilipinas. “‘Yung [mga] palpak na ‘yun, madali sanang hindi mangyari, kayang-kayang gawan [ng paraan.] Kaya nagagalit si Presidente.

[Translation: Of course the President doesn’t like that … All those failures shouldn’t have happened, they could’ve solved it. That’s why the President is getting angry.]

Panelo reiterated that SEA Games organizers could have found different ways to solve issues encountered by some athletes, including complaints on their hotel accommodations and food.

“Kailangan ‘wag silang (organizers) matutulog sa pansitan,” he said.

[Translation: Organizers should not slack off.]

The country's hosting of the SEA Games has also been tainted by volunteer complaints, logistical issues and sports facilities that have yet to be finished.

Duterte has yet to issue any statement regarding the mishaps at the SEA Games. He has only defended the ₱50-million price tag of the controversial cauldron.

Lawmakers from across party lines have appealed for a “ceasefire” on criticisms and complaints over the Philippines’ hosting of the SEA Games, setting aside possible probes until after the regional sports meet is over.