‘Political’ groups spreading fake news to ‘sabotage’ SEA Games – Cayetano

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FILE PHOTO. House Speaker and Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee Chairman Alan Peter Cayetano

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 29) — "Political” groups, and not the media, are spreading fake news to sabotage the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games, House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano said Friday.

“I’m not accusing anyone in the media of intentionally [spreading] fake news or sabotaging. Ang sinasabi ko lang pare pareho tayong nagamit,” Cayetano, chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), told the media in a briefing.

This comes after he claimed that bribes are “flowing” across media entities to spread false information aimed at dismantling the Philippines’ hosting of the biennial sporting event.

The lawmaker said the PHISGOC has traced down at least four groups that are behind the fake news on the SEA Games glitches that made rounds online.

“As I said after the SEA Games, ire-reveal namin kasi na-trace namin ang apat na grupo na talagang intentionally sinsabotahe ‘yung SEA Games,” he said.

[Translation: We will reveal these groups after the SEA Games. We have traced four groups that are intentionally sabotaging the SEA Games.]

“Pakiusap ko lang sa mga grupong ‘yun: You can hate the Duterte administartion, you can hate Alan Cayetano, but you can’t hate your own country.”

[Translation: I appeal to these groups: You can hate the Duterte administartion, you can hate Alan Cayetano, but you can’t hate your own country.]

Several issues bugged the biennial event ahead of its opening, with several foreign athletes airing complaints about accommodation and transportation. Also at the center of criticisms are the controversial P55-million cauldron at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium and the rushed construction of some sporting venues.

These prompted Malacañang and some government officials to call for an investigation on the alleged irregularities.