Duterte formally opens 2019 SEA Games
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has formally opened the 30th Southeast Asian Games, which is hosted by the Philippines.
“I declare open the Southeast Asian Games for the 30th time. Celebrating the games of Southeast Asia. Mabuhay kayong lahat,” Duterte said during the opening ceremony at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on Saturday.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte attends the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games hosted by the country this year at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on November 30, 2019.The Chief Executive formally opens the 30th SEA Games with a declaration during the program proper. Joining President Duterte in the opening ceremony is His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Negara Brunei Darussalam, who is in the country for an Official Visit.#DuterteLegacy#PartnerForChange#ComfortableLifeForAll
Posted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Saturday, November 30, 2019
In a quick speech, House Speaker Alan Cayetano emphasized the passionate teamwork of Southeast Asian countries. He also cheered for Filipino athletes as they compete for the games.
“We look at our athletes and we look at the truth we see strength. We see wisdom we look at these young people… in them we see passion sacrifice, discipline teamwork and respect,” Cayetano, chairman of the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) said.
“In Southeast Asia, we are passionate we are ready to make sacrifices. We are believers in teamwork,” he added.
Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah also joined Duterte in opening ceremonies of the SEA Games to support Brunei’s athletes.
The SEA Games will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.