- Ai-Ai Delas Alas appealed for a ceasefire in SEA Games criticism.
- Ai-Ai calls for unity amidst SEA Games woes.
Comedienne and Kapuso host Ai-Ai Delas Alas made an appeal on social media for people to stop criticizing the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games for now.
On her Instagram account, the comedy concert queen asked critics to stop painting the 2019 SEA Games in a bad light in the meantime.
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Posting a screengrab of an Inquirer.net article about Sen. Manny Pacquiao’s call for unity for the biennial games being held in the country, Delas Alas agreed with the him saying criticisms are putting the whole country to shame.
“Tama senator … parang awa nyo na wala naman na munang nega .. enjoy naten ang sea games .. saka na kayo mag away away pag tapos na kasi para naman hindi nakakahiya sa mga bisita,” Ai-Ai wrote.
Prior to its opening, the PhP 55 million cauldron became the center of controversy for alleged overpricing and impropriety.
Aside from the cauldron, many of the SEA Games venues were also not yet ready days before the start of the games. Different media entities reported the yet to be finished renovations of the Rizal Memorial Stadium a day before the start of the football game. The Philsports Arena in Pasig where volleyball games are set to be held was also being completed days before the start of the games.
Aside from problems in different venues, foreign and local teams brought up problems in food, transportation, and hotel accommodation.
But after all their concerns were raised and made rounds on both traditional and social media, the problems have started to be addressed and fixed prior to the official opening of the games on Saturday, November 30.