Duterte doubles incentives for Filipino SEA Games medalists

A few Filipino SEA Games medalists during a visit to Malakanang on Tuesday.  PSC picture

A few Filipino SEA Games medalists during a visit to Malakanang on Tuesday. PSC picture

MANILA, Philippines – Carlos Adriel Yulo is the biggest Filipino medalist in the men’s artistic gymnastics with five gold and two silver medals at the recent 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

World champion gymnasts have also been injured as top beneficiaries of President Rodrigo Duterte’s generosity after receiving double cash bonuses based on standard rates.

Yulo received a cash incentive of P3,375,000 after doubling all bonuses for SEA Games medalists who collected 52 gold, 70 silver and 105 bronze stocks while the team finished fourth out of 11 countries in the Philippine Games.

“President Duterte was delighted to see our athletes perform at the last Vietnam SEA Games, and doubling their motivation is a way to recognize and appreciate their efforts,” said William Ramirez, chairman of the Philippine Sports Commission. Led. Philippine team in Malakanang on Tuesday evening.

The gesture of generous goodwill of the President means that he is again matching the total cash incentive of P34,537,500 which all the recipients will get under Republic Act 10699, Incentives Act.

By law, a gold medal costs P300,000, a silver, P150,000 and P60,000 for bronze.

“Please be aware that I have really recognized all the tiring preparations you have made to do your best in this regional sports competition. “Like every Filipino father, I am very proud of you,” he told athletes, coaches and sports officials at the reception held at Rizal Hall.

Gymnastics Aleya Finagan will receive P1.35 million from PSC and Duterte, while billiards’ Rubilen Amit and triathlon’s Kim Mangrobang will each receive P1.2 million.

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