Diaz snags gold medal, P1.5M reward from House

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HIDILYN Diaz went home richer by P1.5 million on Wednesday after the House of Representatives feted her for winning a silver medal at the Rio Olympics.

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The weightlifter also received a gold plated Congressional Medal of Distinction for breaking the country’s 10-year medal drought in the Olympic Games.

Diaz, who pulled off the stunning silver medal finish with 200 kg aggregate points with the flawless execution of lifting 112 kg in the second round of competition, also received a copy of House Resolution 175 honoring her.

“This achievement of Hidilyn Diaz affords great pride and honor to the country as it strives to produce better athletes out to conquer the world circuit,” the House Resolution read.

The P1.5 million was sourced from the salaries of the members of the House of Representatives.

The Congressional Medal of Distinction has previously been awarded to another sports icon, former Sarangani Rep. and eight-time world boxing champion Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao who received such distinction twice.

1-Pacman party-list Rep. Mikee Romero earlier called on the government to double Diaz’s P5 million cash reward.

“We have every reason to believe that Pagcor and the government will double the prizes for medal finishers in international sporting events. Hidilyn has renewed our hopes for greatness in sports,” Romero said in a statement.

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  1. dapat talaga pinag.iisipan yan ng maayus. to think ngaun ko lng nabalitaan na nagbbigay ng award ang house. o baka galing yan sa mga nakaw ni Mikee Romero. tsk.

  2. Fred Rodriguez on

    wrong move Kamara. maxadong maraming award na natanggap ni Hidilyn. madaming pakulo lng tong sina Mikee Romero at iba pang congressman.

  3. wala ng ginawang tama tong mga adik na to. lalo na si Mikee Romero. ippush nya nnmn yang dept of sports. haist. wala nmn yang ggwin na tama.

  4. grabe ka tlga Mikee Romero!..papalapad ka ng papel,para hindi ituloy pagbuwag ng party list system?..magbalot-balot ka na,kasi sa kulungan ang tuloy mo!

  5. sows..barya lang yan sa mga ninakaw ni mikee romero..masabe lng na may naitulong sya sa mga atleta.

  6. hay nko… paparaan ang groupo ni Mikee Romero para isulong ung gusto nilang Dept of sports.

  7. di na makatarungan tung ngyayari sa lipunan natin.. wala ng kwenta mga politiko. panu na ang bansa natin. walang kwentang Mikee Romero.

  8. Katarina Munoz on

    di na kelangan yan ni Hidilyn. may binigay na nga ang pres. at senado. pakitanggilas lng tung mga taong to lalo na c Mikee Romero.

  9. walang ibang magawa ung mga politikong ito. pero pag tulong sa mga mahihirap, walang magawa…pasikat lng yan si Mikee Romero.

  10. mxadong madaling alam ang kamara at mga congressman. para lng mapansin at makalusot sa gusto ni Mikee na Dept. of Sports.