Cayetano claims ‘best SEA Games organizer’ award legit: ‘This is an international group’


House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano on Thursday defended the award he received as chair of Phisgoc for “Best SEA Games Organizer” from the Sports Industry Awards Asia (SPIA Asia) on Tuesday, denying reports that his own camp was behind the award.

“That’s what I’m saying that that’s fake news. First, may website naman sila. Kilala niyo naman sila. I mean, nakita niyo naman kung sino nandun, Dr. Edwin Moses, alamat sa Olympics sa track. Nandun din si Ronaldo, alamat sa football,” he said.

He was responding to criticisms that Phisgoc basically awarded itself since SPIA Asia was being supported by the sports committee.

“Napakagaling ko naman, actually, dito ko lang sila nakilala, at katulad ninyo, na-starstruck din ako sa sports legends na nakita. This is an international group and ang alam ko nga lang, akala ko, ang awarding is just… na maganda ang SEA Games,” Cayetano said.

“Pero tignan niyo ‘yung video, ‘yung CEO mismo nagsabi, ‘best organized SEA Games so far,’” he said.

SPIA Asia awarded Phisgoc as the Best SEA Games organizer last Tuesday.

Cayetano received the award from SPIA CEO Eric Gottschalk at a ceremony in a Metro Manila hotel.

SPIA Asia described itself as “Asia’s leading sports business conference and awards platform,” according to its website. It is organized by MMC Sportz, a sports marketing agency with offices in Manila and Dubai.

The group made no secret of its ties to Phisgoc and Cayetano on its website. A screenshot of a web page showed that the SPIA Asia-Asia Sports Industry Awards and Conference is endorsed and supported by Phisgoc and the Tourism Promotions Board, an agency attached to the Department of Tourism.