PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has thrown in additional incentives for world champion gymnast Carlos Yulo, gold medalist boxer Nesthy Petecio and other Filipino athletes, his longtime aide said on Wednesday.
The President met Yulo, Petecio, pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena, champion weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and silver medalist boxer Eumir Felix Marcial during a courtesy call in Malacañang on Wednesday, said Sen. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.
In a text message, Go said Yulo, Petecio and Obiena would get P1 million each as an additional reward from Duterte.
Yulo bagged the gold medal at the 49th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships while Petecio won the gold medal in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship.
Obiena was the first Filipino athlete to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Games, after passing the Olympic standard with a leap of 5.81-meters in an event in Italy in early September.
Go said Marcial and Diaz would get P500,000 each – all from the President.
Marcial won a silver in the world boxing championship in September, while Diaz bagged bronze in the weightlifting worlds also last month. CATHERINE S. VALENTE