The Philippines’ hosting of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games will most likely be cancelled after the government withdrew its support and opted to just channel funds for rehabilitation of war-torn Marawi.Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez said Malacanang has approved of the decision to turn down the hosting in the light of conflict currently gripping the Mindanao city.ADVERTISEMENT Technically it was the Philippine Olympic Committee which has the authority to withdraw the hosting, but government support is an integral part of the endeavor specifically in the financial and logistical aspects.“Due to the current situation in Mindanao and the problem of terrorism and atrocities, we regret to inform you that we will no longer push through with the hosting of the biennial event,” said Ramirez in a presser Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It has been resolved that government resources to be focused in the rehabilitation and rebuilding of Mindanao specially Marawi,” he added.The country reportedly spent P500 million to stage the 2005 SEA Games in Manila and other key cities like Bacolod and Cebu. Most of the expenses were shouldered by the government through the PSC. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return The Philippines took over the 2019 hosting of the Games during the 2015 Singapore SEAG after original host Brunei begged off.POC president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr., did not return calls for his comment.But sources inside the POC said it would be “not just an uphill climb but an up-Everest climb” for the Olympic body to stage the SEA Games without government support.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube San Beda turns back EAC for 2nd straight win Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur MOST READ Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments
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