Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte has re-pledged the country's interest in hosting the 2019 Southeast Asian Games following suggestions of dwindling Government interest.
Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez announced last month that they would not fund the event and would instead divert resources to rebuild regions at the centre of conflict between security forces and affiliated militants of the Islamic State.
But, according to a CNN Philippines report quoting the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) in Manila, the Government have pledged support for hosting the event after all.
DFA spokesperson Robespierre Bolivar said that Duterte "approved The Philippines' hosting for 2019".
He added that Foreign Affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano would serve as chairman of the Organising Committee.
The announcement came as action continued today at the ongoing 2017 edition of the regional event in Kuala Lumpur.
Hosts Malaysia claimed the first-ever gold medal in cricket after a stunning individual performance from captain Anwar Arudin against Indonesia at the Kinrara Oval.
Arudin scored a mammoth 162 in the 50 overs in a score of 320.
His century came in just 66 balls in an innings lasting 108.
Muhammad Anwar A.Rahman then took five wickets for just 29 runs as Indonesia were bowled out for 69 in 22 overs.
At the end of a round-robin format Singapore took the silver medal and Thailand bronze.
Myanmar placed fourth and Indonesia fifth.
There were mixed results for Malaysia in bowls elsewhere today.
The women’s team of Nur Ain Nabila, Nur Fidrah Nor, Nurul Alyani Jamil and Nor Hashimah Ismail beat The Philippines to gold 24-14 before a men's quartet lost 16-14 to Filipino opponents Curte Robert Guarin, Emmanuel Portacio, Leoncio Carreon Jr and Ronald Lising.