- Several social media posts claimed that no cash incentives were given to winning athletes during the time of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III
- It also mentioned in the post that during the term of President Rodrigo Duterte, the athletes received lots of cash bonuses and a grand feast
- However, it has been reported that the claim was false and misleading the people
- Since 2001, a law was signed which granted cash incentives for athletes who excelled in international competitions
Multiple social media posts have claimed that no cash incentives were given to winning Pinoy athletes during the term of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
However, KAMI learned that the claim was false and misleading the public.
In a report by French news agency Agence France-Presse (AFP), the claim was made through a Facebook post published on December 7, 2019.
The caption read:
“PNoy + Ginto = Baso
DU30 + Ginto = P1M”
Meanwhile, it was stated in the photo that during the term of Aquino, the athletes were invited to the Palace but was only given juice while President Rodrigo Duterte invited the athletes and welcomed them with a grand feast along with P1 million cash incentive if they won gold medals.
“Noon: Mga atleta tuwing naiimbitahan sa palasyo, pinapainom lang ng juice tapos babatiin ng congratulations tapos uuwi na,” it said in the photo’s text below the image of Aquino.
“Ngayon: Mga atleta tuwing naiimbitahan sa palasyo, haharapin ng pangulo, may engrandeng salu-salo kasama ang pangulo, may 1 million pa kung naka-ginto,” it added, right below the photo of Duterte.
However, AFP reported that way back 2001, Republic Act No. 9064 has already been implemented. It stated that cash incentives and other non-monetary benefits should be granted to athletes and their coaches after excelling in international competitions.
In addition, P5 million should be given to gold medalists of the Olympic Games, and P1 million for gold medalists of Asian Games.
You may read it here:
Meanwhile, in 2015, Aquino signed a Republic Act No. 10699 that aimed to increase the cash incentives of the winning athletes.
As stated in that law, Olympic gold medalists in individual sports would be given P10 million, while gold medalists of Asian Games would get P300,000.
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