Duterte doubles incentives of SEA Games medalists

By: Dale Rosal - CDN Digital | June 01,2022 - 02:30 PM
Duterte incentives

SEA Games gold medalist Rubilen Amit of Cebu shakes President Duterte’s hand during the turnover of incentives for the Filipino medalists at Malacanang Palace on Tuesday night.

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte doubled the cash incentives for the Filipino athletes who won medals in the 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Vietnam.

This was announced on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, through the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). 

“President Duterte was very pleased by the performance of our athletes in the last Vietnam SEA Games and doubling their incentives is his way of recognizing and showing his appreciation for their efforts,” PSC Chairman William Ramirez was quoted in a press release sent to the media.

Ramirez led the courtesy call of the Philippine contingent at Malacanang Tuesday evening, May 31.

Also present at the reception were Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea, Philippine Olympic Committee President Rep. Abraham Tolentino, Commissioners Ramon Fernandez, the national team chef de mission, Celia Kiram, Charles Maxey, Arnold Agustin, and Rep. Faustino Dy III, Chairman of the House Committee on Youth and Sports.

“Please know that I really recognize all the tedious preparations you have made to perform your best in this regional sports competition. Just like a father to every Filipino, I am very proud of you,” Duterte told athletes, coaches and sports officials present at the reception held at the Rizal Hall.

“I wish you all a good life para sa ginawa ninyo sa bayan. I would like to say to all of you, maraming, maraming salamat.” 

 Duterte has been known to be generous to Filipino athletes. 

In the 2019 SEA Games, he also provided additional cash incentives for the Filipino athletes on top of the Republic Act No. 10699, which entitled the medalists corresponding cash incentives on the medal they won. 

This time, Duterte matched the total cash incentives worth P34,537,500 for all the medalists of the SEA Games. Under the law, an individual gold medal is worth P300,000, a silver, P150,000, and P60,000 for the bronze.

The Philippines finished fourth in the biennial meet with 52 gold medals, 70 silvers, and 105 bronze medals. 

Gymnast Carlos Yulo is expected to receive P1.6 million for bagging five gold medals and two silvers in the Vietnam SEA Games. With Duterte doubling the incentives, he is going to get a whopping P3.2-million. 

In addition, dancesport duo of Ana Nualla and Sean Aranar, who finished with three gold medals, will receive P1.8 million each while triathlon star, Kim Mangrobang, who bagged two gold medals in the triathlon and duathlon events, will receive P1.2 million just like Cebu’s billiards star Rubilen Amit, who topped the 9-ball and 10-ball competitions. 

Aside from the bonuses, Duterte also awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the rank of Kamagi to several medalists who weren’t able to receive it in the 2019 SEA Games.  

Billiards legend Efren “Bata” Reyes was among those who received the award.

/bmjo

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TAGS: Athletes’ incentives, Hanoi games, Philippine athletes, Philippine sports news, POC, President Rodrigo Duterte, PSC, Republic Act No. 10699, Southeast Asian Games, Vietnam games

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