Philippines will host 2019 SEA Games after all Featured

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The 29th biennial multi-sport event participated in by Southeast Asian nations will be held in Malaysia from August 19 to 30 this year.

But the 30th edition of the SEA Games will, after all, be taking place in Philippines following confirmation by Cynthia Carrion, a board member of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC).

"Glory to God", Foreign Affairs secretary Allan Peter Cayetano said on Thursday at the Marriot Hotel.

During the announcement, Cojuangco said that the Sea Games is not only for Cayetano or Ramirez but for the country, adding that he is very happy to proceed with preparations for the said event.

The decision to push through with the Games, according to Cayetano, is a fitting follow up to the successful hosting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference last week.

"In the meeting, we came to the agreement that we will host the Sea Games 2019".

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Cayetano swears that the hosting would only give a positive image of the Philippines overseas in line with the government's vision of unveiling "a new Philippines in two years".

Cayetano finalized his role in the Games following an initial meeting on Wednesday evening with Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose "Peping" Cojuangco Jr. and Philippine Sports Commission chairman William "Butch" Ramirez.

"There will always be something that divides us", Cayetano said, citing that we have the Filipino spirit that binds and unites each one.

"That's absolutely true", said Carrion, who is also the chef de mission of the Philippines delegation at the current SEA Games in Malaysia.

She told AFP on Thursday that it was "absolutely true" that Philippines would notify the SEA Games Federation on Friday that it is committed to hosting the Games, following backing from President Rodrigo Duterte.