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