- Hidilyn Diaz was mentioned in the 2019 matrix of personalities allegedly involved in a supposed plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte
- She recently shared on “Headstart” that she has already forgiven those who accused her
- The emotional turmoil she faced because of the issue fueled her as an athlete to do better
- Having peace of mind is of great importance to her and that is why she chose to move on from that controversy
Hidilyn Diaz made headlines in 2019 after she was mentioned in the matrix of personalities allegedly involved in a supposed plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.
Diaz denied any involvement in that “Oust Duterte” plot and went on to win at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, giving the Philippines its first-ever Olympic gold medal.
In her interview with ANC’s “Headstart,” she shared that she has already forgiven those who accused her and bashed her for being mentioned in the said matrix.
She explained that the emotional turmoil she faced because of the issue fueled her as an athlete to do better.
The weightlifter added that having peace of mind is of great importance to her and that is why she chose to move on from that controversy.
"Sa totoo lang, after winning the gold medal, nu’ng time na ’yun, sabi ko I have to forgive all the people na binash ako, na may life threat ako. ’Yun ’yung down moment ko, pero na-realize ko na ’yun din ang nagpalakas sa akin as an athlete. Mas lalo akong naging determinado, mas lalo kong minahal ang Pilipinas.
"So thankful din ako sa kanila kasi kung wala akong ganu’n na trials, baka hindi ako maging gold medalist.
"Hindi ko kailangan ’yung sinasabi ng iba kasi alam ko ang totoo. Para sa akin, ’yun ang importante at may peace of mind ako,” Diaz said.
Hidilyn Diaz is a weightlifter who became the first Filipino to win an Olympic gold medal. She won the prestigious medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan for the women's 55 kg category for weightlifting.
In a previous report by KAMI, President Rodrigo Duterte awarded P3 million to Diaz. He also told her to “let bygones be bygones” and to focus on celebrating her victory.
The superstar athlete also gained praise after opening up about the huge amount of money to be given to her for winning at the Olympics. According to Diaz, she will not forget to give a part of the money to her church.
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