Duterte wants gov't to handle SEA Games hosting preparations

President Rodrigo Duterte wants the government to take over the hosting preparations of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games upon hearing reports of alleged corruption within the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC).

"(The president) said he doesn't want the foundation (to handle the hosting). He wants the government (to take over)," Pres. Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a press briefing on Tuesday.

Panelo mentioned, though, that Duterte doesn't believe Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, who heads PHISGOC, is involved in the corruption allegations.

Meanwhile, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William "Butch" Ramirez said on Tuesday that he will meet with the president at MalacaƱang later this week.

Ramirez, though, did not give any details what the meeting will be about and refused to answer when asked if the PSC will take over the preparations for the Southeast Asian Games, which the country will host in November.

"I cannot comment on that because I have not received any further instructions from the President," said Ramirez. "But I have a meeting with the President this coming week."