Tinalaga ni ­Presidente Rodrigo Duterte si ­Senador Juan Miguel “Migs” Zubiri bilang taga­pangulo ng 30th ­Southeast Asian Games 2019 Organizing ­Committee na ihu-host ng bansa sa pang-apat na pagkakataon.

Si Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chair­man William “Butch” Ramirez ang nagsiwalat ng kaganapan kahapon matapos kumpirmahin sa kanya nina Executive Secretary Salvador “Bingbong” Medialdea at Presidential Management Staff Sec. Christopher “Bong” Go ang appointment ng Mindanao solon buhat sa Bukidnon.

“POC first vice-pre­sident Jose “Joey” ­Romasanta informs Jose “Jeping” Cojuangco that the President ­appointed Sen. Migz Zubiri as chairman sa SEA Games hosting natin sa 2019,” pahayag ni Ramirez.

Magpapatawag ng ­pulong si Zubiri sa bubuuing task force ng PSC at ­Philippine Olympic Committee anumang araw sa susunod na Linggo.

“Host kasi tayo and the POC cannot operate without the government so the role of Sen. Zubiri is to represent the President and the government para patakbuhin ang organizing committee,” hirit ni Ramirez. “Pag-uusapan iyan sa ­meeting as the money will come from the government with the organizing committee will be run by the POC. It’s a collabo­ration under the chairman and the budget from the PSC.”

“If you look at the setup before, ­nand’yan ang POC at nand’yan ako, but the one running the technical aspect ay POC, kami will provide the money and the government offices will help the POC,” dugtong niya.

“It’s really a government activity kasi host ang Pilipinas. Mala­laman natin ang ­setup ng organizing ­committee ‘pag nag-call ng meeting si Sen. Migz sa PSC-POC next week. Hintayin muna namin papel from Malacañang as confirmed by Exec. Sec. Medialdea and Sec. Go,” panapos ni Ramirez.