From left is PSC Commissioner Arnold Agustin, PHISGOC Chief Operating Officer Ramon “Tats” Suzara, PhisGoc Chairperson Allan Peter Cayetano and POC President Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino during the official turnover ceremony of the SEAG Final Report book on Wednesday.

The Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) unveiled the first volume of the 2019 SEAG Final Report book on Wednesday at the Kalayaan Hall of the SM Aura Office Tower in Taguig City.

PHISGOC chairman and Taguig City Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano and COO Tats Suzara presided the ceremony, where they also turned over the copy to Philippine Olympic Committee president Bambol Tolentino and PSC Commissioner Arnold Agustin.

The 300-page book is an official document required to all SEAG hosts, detailing the preparations, highlights and results of the Games.

Cayetano and Suzara said the second volume, which is the financial report, would be released in a few weeks time.

“Sports is supposed to be a manifestation of brotherhood and sisterhood. It is a key driver of values. The pages of this book will help us organize more sporting events with high standards,” Cayetano said.

The ceremony occurred in light of the civil case filed on Tuesday by a group of POC officials. They demanded for the audited financial report as stated in a tripartite agreement between PHISGOC, POC and PSC.

But Tolentino stressed PHISGOC did not violate any provisions because the auditing firm has yet to complete its report. He also added the move is done by only a group of board members, not the consensus of the General Assembly.

“How can you finalize it [audit] 60 days after or a year after, or whatever date, if you’re not done closing the books because you are still paying somebody else?” Tolentino said.

Payments to the SEAG suppliers were done on a staggered basis based on the PSC’s remittance to the PHISGOC and with the pandemic prevailing, the government sports agency remained as helpless in securing funds. PHISGOC received the last tranche of payment for unpaid suppliers only last Sept. 4.

Archery head Clint Aranas, who is one of the complainants of the case, said in earlier reports that they are “baffled on the deliberate delay in the issuance” and questioned the intention of the matter.

Other complainants included POC first vice president Jose Romasanta, second vice president Jeff Tamayo, treasurer Julian Camacho, auditor Jonne Go, board member Robert Mananquil and chairman Steve Hontiveros.

Source: Manila Bulletin (