PHISGOC: Executive committee to replace Suzara

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) has replaced its chief operating officer, Ramon "Tats" Suzara, months ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.

PHISGOC chairman and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano revealed the news on Tuesday.

Suzara, who currently is in Tokyo for prior commitments for the 2020 Summer Olympics, will be replaced by an executive committee that will focus on day-to-day concerns.

Cayetano explained that Suzara's task was focused on planning and advising, but since that phase has concluded, a reshuffling of the PHISGOC's leadership had to happen.

"We are thinking elevating two or three others who have been doing hard work to positions so that they may be used as hammers to focus on work to be done for the next two months. Not a major shake-up," said Cayetano.

Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez is also expected to be one of the officials involved with the group, whose formation will be discussed Wednesday afternoon at the House of Representatives.

The leader of the lower chamber assured that it will not affect the country's hosting and planning of the biennial regional sporting meet, which will be held November 30 until December 11.

"The partnership of PSC, POC, and PHISGOC will continue," said Cayetano.