Fearless writer appeals to SEA Games critics: "If you love this country like you say you do, set politics aside"

The preparations on the upcoming 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games drew flak in social media as different kind of complaints and dismays circulated online, from alleged awful accommodations, delayed transportation, inadequate food service and unfinished venues.


With all that is happening, Krizette Laureta Chu, a well-known writer and New York University alumna threw light on and expressed her sentiments regarding this issue.

Krizette Chu, President Rodrigo Duterte and Opposition Senator Frank Drilon
According to Krizette, "The SEAGAMES is another victim of the dirty politicking that’s been happening in the Philippines, where everything—EVERYTHING—is judged according to which politician proposes it, and not on its merits."

She also emphasized that politics should be side aside, instead, we should focus on our athletes, support them, give them the well wishes they deserve.

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"The SEAGAMES is another victim of the dirty politicking that’s been happening in the Philippines, where everything—EVERYTHING—is judged according to which politician proposes it, and not on its merits.

I am so very sad for the athletes who are training hard, getting excited for the SEAGAMES.

I’ve gotten some Facebook private messages from athletes saying the politicking is putting a damper on their spirit, and I really hope that for once, our politicians spare something so important to our country, and our country’s standing. But I guess it is a lot to ask.

In 2015, under Aquino, we expressed our desire to host the SEAGAMES after Brunei withdrew, and it was awarded to us.


It was up to Duterte to follow through and build all these facilities. When Marawi happened, the President decided to withdraw in July of 2017, only to retract his withdrawal in August of 2017 I guess because the sporting community and the Philippine Olympic Commission or whatever stakeholders in that industry pressured him that we had enough time to prepare. Plus, para sa kaalaman ng iba, a big chunk of the gastos comes from private sponsors and companies, which may mean that there were already sponsorship pledges so we couldn’t not continue.

Nandyan na yan—tayo na ang nag hohost. Nag tra-train na ang athletes natin. Nag sign up na as volunteers ang mga kapwa Pinoy natin.

Antayin natin matapos ang SEAGAMES bago natin insultuhin ang effort ng gobyerno. Pag pangit ang cauldron after its being lit up, e di dun kayo mag reklamo.

Pag nag reklamo yung international athletes na sobrang pangit nung accommodations nila sa Athlete’s Village at substandard, dun tayo magwala.

Pag mga sports officials ng ibang bansa insultuhin yung mga facilities natin, gisahin natin yung government.

But right now, please support our athletes. Ang dami dito nag rereklamo about wala daw support ang athletes at napunta sa cauldron yung budget—HINDI NAMAN MGA ATHLETES. May narinig ba kayo na mismong athlete competing nag reklamo na wala silang suporta? Kasi ako wala.

Whether you’re pro or anti government, our athletes are not competing as political faction supporters.



They are representing the Philippines when they run, jump, shoot, ride. They are not Dilaw or DDS. They are Filipinos. They carry on their shoulders the flag of this country, our country—which will still be our country whoever sits in Malacanang.

The SEAGAMES is beyond Drilon or Duterte. It’s beyond political affiliations. In a few days it will start, and our athletes need our support, our good vibes, our good juju as they compete against 10 other countries—and it is for them the culmination of their decades of hard work and training and waking up at early dawn.

If you love this country like you say you do, set politics aside—there will be time for judgment—and focus on our athletes, support them, give them the well wishes they deserve.

They represent the Philippines, and after all, aren’t we all here fighting to make sure that the Philippines becomes the better country we all just want it to be?"




Source: Krizette Laureta Chu | Facebook

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