MANILA, Philippines – Philippine Olympian Hidilyn Diaz, who won a silver medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, received a Congressional Medal of Distinction and a monetary award of P1.5 million from house speaker Pantaleon Alvarez during the first regular session of the 17th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa Plenary Hall on Wednesday, August 24.
Diaz finished second in the women’s 53kg division of the weightlifting event at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, after lifting more than 200kg. She became the first Filipino Olympian to win a medal in 20 years.
The House of Representatives gave her the medal through adopting House Resolution Number 9. The monetary award stemmed from donations given by at least 260 congressmen.
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Diaz also paid a courtesy call to Alvarez earlier on Wednesday. The Zamboanga City native has already received cash incentives for winning the silver medal worth P7.5 million from the government, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and her hometown. Even Senator Manny Pacquiao has donated an undisclosed amount to Diaz. – Rappler.com