Duterte gives Yulo, Petecio, other medal winners more cash rewards

Pia Ranada
Duterte gives Yulo, Petecio, other medal winners more cash rewards

Malacañang Photo

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with gymnast Carlos Yulo, boxers Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial, pole vaulter Ernest Obiena, and weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the Malacañang complex

MANILA, Philippines – Five Filipino athletes who won medals in recent tournaments got a congratulatory present from President Rodrigo Duterte.

Gold medalists Carlos Yulo (gymnastics), Ernest Obiena (pole vault), and Nesthy Petecio (boxing), silver medalist Eumir Marcial (boxing), and bronze winner Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting) all met Duterte on Wednesday, October 16 at the Malacañang Golf (Malago) Clubhouse.

The 3 gold medalists were given P1 million each while the 2 other podium finishers got P500,000 each as bonus, according to Senator Bong Go, who chairs the chamber’s sports committee.

The cash prizes were on top of the P1 million Yulo and Petecio received from the Philippine Sports Commission via the cash incentive law for athletes. 

Both world champions also received cash bonus from sports patrons Manny V. Pangilinan (P1 million) and Dennis Uy (P500,000).

The other Filipino medal winners likewise received their allotted PSC incentives.


BRINGING HOME VICTORY. Medal-winning Filipino athletes pose for a photo with President Rodrigo Duterte and other officials. Malacañang photo

IN THE MOMENT. Champion boxer Nesthy Petecio hugs President Duterte during their meeting. Malacañang photo

Also present in the meeting were Go and Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez.

The athletes all gamely struck Duterte’s signature clenched fist pose for photos. Champion boxer Petecio is even seen hugging the President in one photo.

Petecio won the  2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships while Yulo won gold at the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Obiena scored first place at the 30th Summer Universiade Pole Vault.

Diaz was silver medalist at the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships while Marcial won silver at the 2019 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships. – Rappler.com

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Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.