Duterte pledges P3 million plus fully furnished house and lot for Hidilyn Diaz

Maris Federez   •   July 29, 2021   •   397

1/6 President Rodrigo Roa Duterte returns the salute of weightlifter and airwoman Hidilyn Diaz, who won the country’s first Olympic gold medal, during a video call at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse in Malacañang Park on July 28, 2021.

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte pledged to give P3 million and a fully furnished house and lot to 2020 Tokyo Olympics gold medal winner Hidilyn Diaz.

Duterte made the promise to Diaz on Wednesday night when the athlete paid a courtesy call on the Chief Executive via a virtual conference upon her arrival from Japan.

The president said the P3 million is on top of the P10 million that she would receive from the government as provided by law.

Aside from the cash and the house and lot in her hometown in Zamboanga City, Duterte will also award Diaz with a Presidential Medal of Merit for bringing honor to the country.

“As expected the nation is ecstatic about your achievement. Your achievement is the achievement of the Philippine nation,” the president said. “We are extremely proud. We cannot express even in the words how we should really be shouting Hallelujah!”

Duterte also urged Diaz to move ahead and forget the unfortunate events that happened in the past.

“I hope that the years of toils, the years of disappointments, and the years na hindi maganda ang nangyari in the past, just forget them,” Duterte said.

“And it would be good for you to just let bygones be bygones and dwell solely on your victory, together with your family and, of course, with the nation,” he added.

Diaz clinched the gold in the women’s 55-kg category. Her victory ended the country’s Olympics gold medal drought since the Philippines joined the prestigious sports event 1924. —/mbmf

Olympic medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Eumir Marcial receive awards from AFP

Robie de Guzman   •   August 26, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Filipino Olympians Hidilyn Diaz and Eumir Marcial, who both serve as soldier-athletes, were conferred military awards on Wednesday, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

In a ceremony at the AFP General Headquarters, Staff Sergeant Diaz received the Outstanding Achievement Medal with Second Bronze Anahaw Leaf for her gold-medal performance in the women’s 55kg category in weightlifting at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Diaz also received a plaque of recognition, the Philippine Flag and a simple token from the military leadership.

“What SSgt. Diaz has done was to bring hope and inspiration to millions of our fellow Filipinos, who up until this day continue to battle against the deadly COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lieutenant General Erickson Gloria, the AFP vice chief of staff.

Meanwhile, Sergeant Marcial was awarded the Chief of Staff, AFP Commendation Medal and Ribbon for his bronze-medal performance in the men’s boxing middleweight division.

The AFP also acknowledged other Olympians who also brought great honor to the country; Nesty Petecio and Carlo Paalam who both delivered silver medals in boxing.

As of July 2021, there are a total of 128 military athletes and coaches who compete in various sport events, of which, 23 are from the Philippine Army, 64 from the Philippine Air Force and 41 from the Philippine Navy.

Filipino Olympic medalists receive incentives from PH gov’t

Robie de Guzman   •   August 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino athletes who brought home four-medal haul from the recent 2020 Tokyo Olympics have received incentives from the government on Monday.

In a ceremony at Malacañan Palace , President Rodrigo Duterte gave the athletes their incentives as he congratulated them again for bringing pride to the country and uplifting the spirit of Filipinos amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“Your hard work, dedication and sportsmanship, even amidst the challenges in your training and competitions prior to the Olympics, are truly inspiring,” Duterte told the Olympians during the event.

“I am confident that you will get better and stronger in securing more victories in the future. Your success will continue to motivate many aspiring athletes and our Filipino youth to channel their energies into sports and other productive activities, keeping them away from the harmful vices,” he added.

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, the country’s first-ever gold medalist, received P15 million from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., a housing unit from the National Housing Authority (NHA) and P3 million from the Office of the President.

She was also conferred the Presidential Medal of Merit.

Boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalam, who both clinched silver medals, each received P5 million from the PSC, housing unit from NHA and P2 million from the Office of the President.

Bronze medalist Eumir Marcial got P2 million from the PSC, a housing unit from NHA and P1 million from the Office of the President

The Filipino boxers were also conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kamagi. The Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to persons in government or private sector who have rendered extraordinary service or have made exceptional contributions to the success of the President’s campaign or advocacy.

Other athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics will receive P200,000 and Presidential citations.

Boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco, who copped the Philippines’ first silver medal in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, also received P500,000 from the Office of the President during the event.

Velasco was given incentive after he revealed that he has yet to get the P2.5 million pledged by some lawmakers when he brought home the medal in 1996.

Duterte assured that the government remains committed to providing full support to Filipino athletes, as he urged the PSC, Philippine Olympic Committee and other sports bodies to continue providing much-needed assistance to keep the country’s athletes at the elite level and attain greatness.

“The strength and excellence of our athletes in the international sports arena demonstrate the Filipino spirit of resilience and determination to succeed,” he said.

“Our Tokyo 2020 medalists and Olympians truly embody our greatness as a people and as a nation,” he added.

Duterte to give additional cash rewards to PH Olympians

Robie de Guzman   •   August 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has promised to grant additional cash incentives to Filipino athletes who successfully clinched medals in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Duterte made the announcement during the virtual courtesy call of the Philippine Boxing team shortly after their arrival from Japan on Monday.

The Philippine boxing team is composed of Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam, Eumir Marcial and Irish Magno. The Filipino boxers brought home three medals in different weight divisions.

Paalam and Petecio both finished with silver medals at the men’s flyweight and women’s featherweight divisions, respectively, while Marcial secured the bronze medal in the men’s middleweight division.

Duterte said Paalam and Petecio will both receive additional P2 million from the Office of the President. Marcial will receive an additional P1 million while Magno will get P200,000.

The cash incentives from the Office of the President will be on top of the P5 million government reward for silver medalist and P2 million for bronze medalist as provided by the law.

“It is not an everyday occurrence that we receive such an honor from our citizens of the Republic of the Philippines,” the president said.

“You went to Tokyo to fight and I, well, say that you did your best and the Filipino people appreciates it, especially bringing honor to the country. You all won in that,” he added.

All other Filipino athletes who participated in the Tokyo Olympics will receive P200,000 each from the Office of the President, he added.

The Olympic medalists will also be conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu and all those who competed in the Games will be given Presidential citations.

“That is [an] honor given by the Republic of the Philippines to those who have excelled in something and brought honor to the country,” Duterte said.

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is so far the most successful campaign for the Philippines, garnering the most number of medals since participating in the Games.

Aside from the medals brought by the Filipino boxers, Hidilyn Diaz produced the country’s first-ever gold in the women’s 55-kilogram weightlifting category.

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