The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Monday, August 7, promoted Eumir Marcial from airman first class to sergeant, following his medal-winning stint in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Marcial has been serving in the military since 2013 under the PAF Civil Military Operations Group.
In a statement released on Monday night, the PAF said Marcial was promoted by two ranks and would now receive a base salary of more than P31,000 (around $615) as a sergeant.
The air force also congratulated the boxing champion and said that he exemplified the diwa, galing, and malasakit (essence, competence, and compassion) of an air force personnel.
The air force, led by its commanding general Lieutenant General Allen Paredes, led the pinning of sergeant chevrons to Marcial as a sign of his promotion. The boxing champion arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Monday, where the pinning ceremony was also conducted.
Marcial is the second military personnel to bring home a medal in the Tokyo Olympics, after gold medalist Staff Sergeant Hidilyn Diaz. Diaz was also promoted by the PAF from sergeant to staff sergeant after she brought home the country’s first-ever gold medal in the Olympics.
Aside from promotion, Marcial would also receive millions of pesos of incentives courtesy of the government and the private sector.
On August 5, Marcial bagged the bronze medal in the men’s middleweight semifinals, after losing to Ukrainian foe Oleksandr Khyzhniak. His bronze added to the country’s historic medal haul in the 2020 Olympiad.
The Philippines bagged a total of four medals – its most productive Olympic campaign since it joined the Games in 1924. The Philippines also has the best record among Southeast Asian countries at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. – Rappler.com
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