Saturday, September 22, 2018

Duterte 'immensely proud' of Pinoy athletes

MANILA. Cebu's skateboarding champion Margielyn Arda Didal teaches President Rodrigo Duterte how to dab during the awarding of incentives to Filipino medalists in the Asian Games on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. (Photo grabbed from RTVM video)

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, September 12, greeted the Philippine athletes who showcased their talents and bagged medals in the 2018 Asian Games held in Indonesia in August.

"It is my pleasure to welcome you back as Filipinos who have made the entire country immensely proud," Duterte said during the awarding of incentives to the Filipino medalists in the 18th Asian Games.

"I congratulate our athletes and their coaches for their efforts in bringing honor and recognition to the Philippines in the field of sports. We Filipinos have always been known for our competitive spirit, and this year, we did not fall short of showing our trait to our neighbors," he added.

The Philippines landed in 19th place out of the 45 participating countries.

About four gold medals, two silver medals, and 15 bronze medals were bagged by the Philippine delegation in the regional multi-sport event.

The incentives for the winning Filipino athletes were granted, in accordance with the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act.

Under RA 10699, Asian Games gold medalists are entitled to P2 million, silver medalists to P1 million, and bronze medalists to P400,000.

Didal dabs with President Duterte

DIDAL TEACHES PDUTS HOW TO DAB. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shares a light moment with Cebu's skateboarding superstar Margielyn Arda Didal during the awarding of incentives to top performaing athletes at the recently-concluded Asian Games in Indonesia. The awarding was held at the RIzal Hall in Malacañang on Wedensday, September 12, 2018. The Philippine delegation finished at 19th place out of 45 competing nations, bagging four (4) gold medals, two (2) silver medals, and 15 bronze medals. | video courtesy of Radio Television Malacañang - RTVM #ComfortableLifeForAll #PartnerForChange

Posted by SunStar Cebu on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Duterte lauded the Philippine athletes for their patriotism to bring honor to the country.

"Our journey in the Asian Games has truly fostered unity among our players who are pushng towards a specific goal. More than just a competitor's passion for the game, what draws them together is the collective aspiration to represent the best of our resilience, competence and determination as a nation," Duterte said.

"Let me assure our athletes that you have my continued support in developing yourselves as you pursue your respective discipline," he added. (SunStar Philippines)