PH Hanoi medalists will receive additional cash incentives

Rubelin defeated Amit Chezka Senteno 7-5 in the women’s 10-ball final at the 31st SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam. Sea Games Pool

Medal performers at the just-concluded 31st Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, can earn even more than the general cash bonus from the government through the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC).

PSC Commissioner Ramon Fernandez, Games Team Chef de Mission of the Philippines, Sen Bong Go, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Sports, gave a full lineup of Filipinos who brought home medals that are expected to be sent to President Duterte.

The Philippines is fourth among 11 countries with 51 gold, 71 silver and 106 bronze medals. Hosts Vietnam ran for the overall title 206-126-114, followed by Thailand (93-100-136) and Indonesia (69-91-80).

“President Duterte has given extra cash bonuses to athletes at previous SEA Games. The president may surprise them again, “said Fernandez, who was behind the Philippine delegation to the closing ceremony of the Games on Monday.

Duterte usually gives extra cash gifts to SEA Games, Asian Games and Olympic medal winning athletes when they have a courtesy call in Malakanang, in addition to what is provided by law.

Under Republic Act No. 10699 or the National Athletes and Coach Benefits and Incentives Act, the athlete who wins a separate gold medal at the SEA Games will be awarded 300,000, a silver medalist P150,000 and a bronze medal PQ 60,000.

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