By Manny Mogato
(July 28,2021) – President Rodrigo Duterte will award a weightlifter a P3 million cash reward for winning the country’s first ever Olympic gold medal in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games.
The president announced the cash reward during a brief video call minutes after Hidilyn Diaz arrived at the Manila international airport on early Thursday evening. The cash reward was on top of the P10 million reward for a gold medal win under a law signed by former president Benigno Aquino.
“In addition to what the law gives you,I will give you P3 million,” Duterte said who took a break from a meeting with selected Cabinet members at the Malacanang presidential palace.
“Hindi naman ito malaki hindi naman maliit, this will go a long way to help your family.”
The entire Philippine nation celebrated her victory for winning the first Olympic gold medal after nearly 100 years since the country sent its first ath;etes to the 1924 Summer Games in Paris. It will return to France in the 2024 Olympic edition.
Diaz is expecting a windfall after setting an Olympic record in the women’s weightlifting 55 kg class, lifting a total of 224 kgs, beating a Chinese world record holder by a mere kilogram.
Apart from the guaranteed P10 million cash reward from the government, businessmen Manuel V. Pangilinan and Ramon Ang will each donate P10 million. A congressman will also give P3 million and the city of Zamboanga another P2.5 million.
Diaz will also get a house-and-lot in Tagaytay City and two units of condominium, free airline tickets from Air Asia and Philippine Airlines and free gasoline from businessman Dennis Uy who owns Phoenix Petroleum.
The Philippines will also award an Olympic boxer who won her quarterfinal match on Wednesday, ensuring Nestie Petecio a bronze medal. If she wins in her semi-final bout on Satuday., she will shoot for a gold medal in the finals.
Three Filipino boxers, a high jumper and two golfers remain in contention to win medals in the Tokyo Olympics.