Carlos Yulo, Agatha Wong win second gold in SEA Games

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 3, 2019   •   959

Carlos Yulo (L) and Agatha Wong (R)

There is no stopping the prowess of Carlos Yulo and Agatha Wong as they took another gold medal for the Philippines in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games on Tuesday (December 3).

Carlos Yulo topped the floor exercise event in men’s artistic gymnastics with a score of 14.700 securing another gold in the SEA Games.

Winning the silver medal is Tikumporn Surintornta from Thailand after scoring 13.833 points. Malaysia’s Zul Bahrin Mat Asri settled for bronze after scoring 13.767.

Yulo also grabbed his third and fourth medal after winning silver in both men’s gymnastics still rings events with 13.733 points and pommel horse with 13.233 points.

Meanwhile, Agatha Wong won her second gold in the Wushu women’s Taolu Taijijian event. She garnered a score of 9.65.

Vietnam’s Thi Minh Huyen Tran took home the silver with a score of 9.63 points, while Brunei’s Basma Lachkar won bronze with 9.62 points.—AAC

De Lima wants probe into PH’s hosting of 2019 SEA Games

Robie de Guzman   •   December 18, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Detained Senator Leila de Lima on Wednesday said she has filed a resolution seeking an investigation into the alleged irregularities that marred the country’s hosting of the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games.  

De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 274 directing the appropriate Senate committee to conduct an investigation on the reported organizational and administrative problems, as well as possible corruption, which affected the biennial sports meet.

She said reports on organizational problems surrounding the country’s preparation “betray a political dynamic that could translate to even greater problems in our sports programs in the future.”

“As we celebrate our athletes’ most successful campaign in recent memory, it is likewise important for our government to scrutinize our performance both as a host country and as patrons to our athletes,” she said in a statement.

De Lima said that prior to its opening on Nov. 30, the country’s hosting of the SEA Games has been beset by organizational issues, including early troubles with transportation and accommodations of teams from Myanmar, Timor-Leste and Cambodia, accreditation issues and lack of halal food for Singaporean delegation, and even problems with accreditation of media.

She also said that several volunteers for the SEA Games also aired their grievances over the alleged lack of system and coordination.

De Lima likewise noted the criticisms on the allegedly exorbitant 50-meter tall cauldron-type structure, which costs P50 million, for the lighting of the torch.

“Proper management and governance necessitate that we conduct an inquiry on the recently concluded SEA Games, especially after the problems encountered were duly documented by the mass media,” she said.

The lawmaker also underscored the need to scrutinize the organizational structure through which the country hosts international sporting events “to ensure that the funds will be properly given to institutions with the mandate and capability to properly utilize them.

“There is a need to investigate the existing sports legislation to ensure that support and funding are given to the agencies that have the proper mandate and that accountability lies even with private organizations, especially those who have access to government resources,” she said.

“While problems of disorganization, incompetence, and inefficiency can be resolved through institutional mechanisms, what cannot be countenanced is the scandalous probability that in the middle of all this disorganization and incompetence, certain high public officials still might have enriched themselves in the procurement of government contracts for the hosting of the games,” she added.

Officials of the Philippine Sports Commission and the SEA Games organizing committee earlier attributed the delays in the preparation of the biennial meet to the delayed passage of the 2019 national budget.

DILG commends PNP, LGUs for ‘safest SEA Games ever’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 13, 2019

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units (LGUs) for the “safest Southeast Asian (SEA) Games” in history.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año said there were no serious or major untoward incidents reported that marred the SEA Games.

“Naipakita natin ang ‘Filipino hospitality’ at ang bayanihan ng pulisya, nasyunal at lokal na mga pamahalaan, private sector at media (We have shown the ‘Filipino hospitality’ and the cooperation of the national police and the local government, private sector and media). This will go down in history as the best and safest ever,” he said.

There were 27,440 police officers deployed to site task groups during the whole duration of the SEA Games.

In Metro Manila alone, there were 18,105 officers securing the competitions; 6,554 in Central Luzon; 1,865 in Southern Luzon; and 916 in La Union.

“We will not rest until all the foreign athletes, coaches and staff have left the country. We are committed 100% to their safety and well-being. Congrats to the PNP for a job well done!,” Año addded.—AAC

#WeWinAsOne: Team Philippines’ winning moments at 30th SEA Games 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2019

The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games has come to its end with Team Philippines dominating with a total of 385 medals: 149 gold, 117 silver, and 119 bronze.

It is the blood, sweat, and tears of every Filipino athlete that makes each gold medal worth more than just being a medal.

It is the deafening cheers of supporters that make each victory even more sweeter.

Filipino athlete Carlos Edriel Yulo celebrates after winning gold during the men’s artistic gymnastics individual all-around event at the 30th South East Asian Games in Manila, Philippines, 01 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
Ernest John Obiena of the Philippines competes in the Men’s Pole Vault final of the SEA Games 2019 at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in New Clark City, Philippines 07 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA
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After aiding his Indonesian competitor, Surfer Roger Casugay won the gold at the SEA Games 2019 longboard event | PVI-International/Darryl Go
Christine Hallasgo of the Philippines celebrates after winning the gold in the SEA Games 2019 Women’s Marathon final at the New Clark City Athletic Stadium in New Clark City, Philippines, 06 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA
Filipino athlete John Lerams Chicano celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the gold medal for the Men’s triathlon event at the 30th South East Asian Games in Subic Bay Freeport zone, Philippines, 01 December 2019. EPA-EFE/JUN DUMAGUING
Philippine players celebrate after winning the Basketball Women’s final match against Thailand at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 10 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
Filipino athlete Agatha Chrystenzen Wong competes at the Wushu Women’s Taijiquan event during the SEA Games 2019 in Manila, Philippines, 01 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
James Palicte (R) of Philippines celebrates after winning gold in the Boxing Men’s Light Welterweight (64kg) final match against Van Hai Nguyen of Vietnam at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 09 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
James Deiparine of the Philippines reacts after winning the men’s 100m Breaststroke finals at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games at the New Clark City Aquatics Center in Capas, Tarlac province, Philippines, 04 December 2019. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Athletes from the Philippines celebrate after winning gold against Malaysia in the Mixed Team Assist 400 M Obstacle Course event during the Southeast Asian Games in Manila, Philippines, 04 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
Kristel Macrohon of the Philippines in action during the women’s 71kg category clean and jerk Weightlifting competition of the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games 2019 in Manila, Philippines, 04 December 2019. EPA-EFE/KENJI HASEGAWA
Kristina Marie Knott of the Philippines reacts after winning the Women’s 200mt race final of the SEA Games 2019 at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in New Clark City, Philippines 07 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA
Charly Suarez of Philippines celebrates after winning gold in the Boxing Men’s Lightweight (60kg) final match against Khunatip Pidnuch of Thailand at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 09 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
Villardo Cunamay of the Philippines shows his gold medal during the SEA Games 2019 arnis men’s lightweight awarding ceremony in Clark, Pampanga province, Philippines, 01 December 2019. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Renigen Mary Joy Guiao (L) and Gayon Mark Jayson Corales (R) of the Philippines in action during the Standard Slow Foxtrot event of the Dancesport competition during the SEA Games 2019 in Clark, Pampanga province, Philippines, 01 December 2019. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Gold medalist Mike Banares (R) of the Philippines in action against Thai Viet Phu (L) of Vietnam during the SEA Games 2019 arnis men’s welterweight finals in Clark, Pampanga province, Philippines, 01 December 2019. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Filipino athlete Marion Kim Mangrobang celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the gold medal for the Women?s triathlon event at the 30th South East Asian Games in Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Philippines, 01 December 2019. EPA-EFE/JUN DUMAGUING
Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines shows her gold medal in the 55kg women’s weightlifting competition during the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 02 December 2019. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Filipino Monica Torres celebrates as she crosses the finish line to win the gold medal for the Philippines in the Women’s Duathlon event during the Southeast Asian Games in Subic freeport, Zambales province, Philippines, 02 December 2019. EPA-EFE/JUN DUMAGUING
Gold medalist Daniel Lederman of the Philippines reacts during the men’s game-of-skate awarding ceremony at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Tagaytay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 05 December 2019. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Gold medalist Margielyn Didal (R) and Silver medalist Christiana Means (L) of the Philippines react during the women’s game-of-skate awarding ceremony at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Tagaytay City, south of Manila, Philippines, 05 December 2019. EPA-EFE/MARK R. CRISTINO
Philippine gymnast Daniela Reggie Dela Pisa celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Rhythmic Gymnastics hoop event at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 07 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
Aries Toledo of the Philippines reacts during the Long Jump of the Men’s Decathlon at the SEA Games 2019 at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium in New Clark City, north of Manila, Philippines, 09 December 2019. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA
Nesthy Petecio of Philippines celebrates after winning gold in the Boxing Women’s Featherweight (57kg) final match against Ni Nwe Oo of Myanmar at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 09 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG
Philippine players celebrate after winning gold medal in the Basketball Men’s final match against Thailand at the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Manila, Philippines, 10 December 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS R. MALASIG

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