Hidilyn Diaz

Lawmakers pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz: ‘Proof that the Filipino can’

Rambo Talabong
Lawmakers pay tribute to Hidilyn Diaz: ‘Proof that the Filipino can’

Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Weightlifting - Women's 55kg - Medal Ceremony - Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan - July 26, 2021. Gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz of the Philippines reacts.

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'She has made Filipino women and the people extremely proud, lifting our spirits high on the same day the Chief Executive let us all down with his winding empty speech,' says Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas

Lawmakers in both houses of Congress paid tribute to Hidilyn Diaz for bringing “honor and pride” to the Philippines after she became the first Filipino to win an Olympic gold medal.

Senate President Vicente Sotto III, and senators Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, and Lito Lapid filed separate resolutions lauding Diaz for her feat despite all odds.

“The grace and dignity with which Hidilyn Diaz rose above the challenges laid in her path show that girls with dreams become women with vision,” Hontiveros said in her resolution.

In his resolution, Drilon pointed out that one of the challenges that Diaz faced was being linked by the Duterte administration to a debunked ouster plot against President Rodrigo Duterte. Diaz herself had mentioned the infamous Duterte ouster matrix as among the things that she had to deal with on the road to the Tokyo Olympics.

At the House, PBA Representative Jericho Nograles said, “The Olympic gold victory of Hidilyn Diaz is incontrovertible proof that the Filipino can.”

Gabriela Representative Arlene Brosas, meanwhile, said that Diaz’s win was an uplifting end after the final State of the Nation Address of President Duterte, which was a huge letdown.

“She has made Filipino women and the people extremely proud, lifting our spirits high on the same day the Chief Executive let us all down with his winding empty speech,” Brosas said.

Diaz’s fellow Chavacano, Zamboanga City 2nd District Representative Mannix Dalipe, filed the formal resolution calling for the entire lower chamber to honor Diaz.

“The outstanding performance by Ms Diaz deserves to be commended for the honor and recognition she has brought to our country,” Dalipe said in the resolution.

Some lawmakers also sought to give a congressional medal to Diaz. A Senate resolution aiming to create a “Senate medal of honor” for Diaz was filed by Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri, Sonny Angara, and Francis Tolentino on Tuesday.

In the House, Rizal 2nd District Representative Fidel Nograles said he would gather signatures for a draft resolution that seeks to give Diaz a congressional medal. He said he did not want to “rush” the resolution to get more co-sponsors. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.