Duterte to tap Lex Talionis brods to lead probe of alleged SEAG corruption by PHISGOC-Cayetano
President Rodrigo Duterte is tapping his San Beda Law School fraternity, Lex Talionis, to lead a presidential body which will investigate alleged irregularities in the deployment of the P17 billion budget for the country’s hosting of the South East Asian Games (SEAG).
“”To me personally, there was a lot of money poured into this activity now and I suppose that with that kind of money, you can run things smoothly. Apparently, siguro mga may palpak,” said Duterte.
The budget includes P7.5 billion for the actual hosting and P9.5 billion for the New Clark City stadium which includes the P55 million “gintong kaldero” which was not even used during the opening of the GAMEs (the lighting was pre-taped).
Duterte said his fraternity brothers would be supported by former Commission on Audit auditors and prosecutors in the SEAG probe which would start after the December 11 closing of the Games.
“Kasi mas madali ‘yan sila. May alam eh. But they will be connected with [unclear] and some lawyers para madali,” said Duterte in an interview.
Duterte said the probe should cover Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and his private foundation, Philippine SEA Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), Philippine Olympic Committee led by Tagaytay Rep. Bambol Tolentino, and Philippine Sports Commission head Butch Ramirez.
Duterte ordered the probe following complaints of corruption and flood of complains by btoh foreign and local athletes on the sub-par food and services provided by PHISGOC-Cayetano.
“If there’s the money there, what happened to the money? You should give them allowance because if it — the plane does not come on time, they have to eat and wait there. Sana hintayin mo. Huwag mo sabihin na iwanan mo. Eh ngayon dumating. Saan sila pupunta?” said Duterte.
“Yung mga athletes from other countries dadating ng ganitong oras. And there are people — their volunteers are paid, tasked to meet them at the airport. That is — correct diyan. Problem is kung hindi dumating, do not abandon the entire journey,” he added.