WE WEREN’T supposed to host the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, but former Philippine Olympic Committee president Peping Cojuangco snookered us into hosting one. It was the Seag Federation just before the 2015 edition, and Brunei said it couldn’t host the 2019 edition because the rich nation was unprepared.
So Peping graciously stepped in, volunteering that the Philippines take over the hosting gig. Only Peping’s allies were happy with the gesture. Remember this was 2015, and this came just months after Peping, in a first move for an incumbent POC president, joined calls for the then sitting president Noynoy Aquino--his nephew and the guy who appointed his then ally Philippine Sports Commission Ritchie Garcia