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Go wants most SEA Games events free to the public

November 29, 2019 - Friday 6:11 PM by MDM

Article Banner Image Senator Christopher Lawrence Go is interviewed by reporters on November 28. Contributed photo

Senator Christopher Lawrence Go on Thursday suggested making the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games events free to the public to encourage more local support and attract a bigger local crowd to watch.

In an interview on November 28, Go said he has suggested to House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, also the chair of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC), to make tickets for SEA Games activities accessible to the public for free, subject to their availability and set mechanics.

“Kanina pinag-usapan namin, suggest ko kay House Speaker Alan kung pwedeng gawin namin libre ‘yung ticket sa lahat ng government-owned venues. Sabi naman nila, except yung mga bayad na venues katulad ng SM Mall of Asia (MOA),” Go said. 

“Sabi ko kung ano ang pwedeng ilibre baka pwedeng i-libre kaya (I suggested) kay Pangulo na pwedeng ilibre yung iba’t-ibang sports event sa government-owned venues para mag cheer ‘yung mga tao,” he added.

Go emphasized that the goal is to make the games more accessible for the Filipino people, including the much anticipated closing ceremony on December 11 to be held at the New Clark City Athletics Stadium.

The senator clarified, however, that the government cannot provide free tickets for some sporting events, such as basketball, football, and volleyball, as these sports will either be held in private venues or paid tickets are almost sold out.

He added that President Duterte is pushing to make the tickets free. "If allowed... alam nyo kilala ko si Pangulo gusto n'ya libre,” he said.

Upon consultation with PHISGOC after the interview, Go said the organizing committee is amenable to the suggestion and will make available to the public, free of charge and subject to availability, the tickets for all the sporting events in the various competition venues, except those for basketball, volleyball, and football.