- Mansuete 'Onyok' Velasco made the Philippines proud by bagging a silver medal in boxing during the Atlanta Summer Olympics in 1996
- The former boxer disclosed that he has not yet received the P2.5 incentive from the government after his win twenty years ago
- His statement comes after the P5 million grant Hidilyn Diaz will receive from the government due to her recent win
A former silver medalist laments on another government promise unfulfilled.
On Monday, former boxer Mansuete 'Onyok' Velasco revealed in a radio interview that he has not yet received a P2.5M incentive from the government twenty after he participated in the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics.
"Kasi 'yung iba po, kontrata yan eh, di natutupad, kaya yung iba nadismaya din magpursige," he said.
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(For others, it's supposed to be a contract, and it hasn't been followed. That's why others are discouraged from doing their best.)
It has been known that Filipino delegates in the Olympics who won one of the top three awards would be given an incentive by the government. According to the 1989 Republic Act No. 9064, national athletes, coaches, and trainers are to be given cash grants and other monetary benefits.
During Velasco's time, P5 million was granted to a Filipino Olympian who won a gold medal, P2.5 million for a silver medal and P1 million for a bronze medal.
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However, the law has been amended last year and the grants have since increased. Now, Filipino Olympians who won a gold medal will be granted with P10 million, P5 million for a silver medal and P1 million for a bronze medal.
Velasco's statement comes right after the win of Hidilyn Diaz at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The female weightlifter bagged the silver medal during the 53-kg division of the competition. Therefore, the government will give her P5 million for her win.
Aside from Diaz, there were also 12 Filipino athletes who participated in the Olympics, competing in various fields such as table tennis, boxing, judo, swimming, and athletics.-Kami Media
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