Tokyo Games heroes thank House leaders

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    DEPUTY Speaker Mikee Romero said the rewards – monetary and in kind – that came in great abundance for weightlifter HidilyDiazn and three other Tokyo Olympics heroes were well-deserved.

    “The rewards they have received and to be received were for their blood, sweat and tears during their Spartan-like training up to the tournament proper in Tokyo so it’s right and just for them to receive such abundance,” Romero said during a recent Congressional ceremony where Diaz and boxers NesthyPetecio, Carlo Paalam, and EumirMarcial were honored.

    “For almost a month, the Tokyo Games heroes and other members of Team Philippines made us extremely proud to be Filipinos. Time and again, they displayed the indomitable Filipino spirit,” added Romero.

    Apart from the additional P3 million cash incentive she received from the “pass the hat” drive initiated by Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, Romero and other key House leaders, Diaz was also conferred the inaugural Congressional Medal of Excellence, an award given to Filipino athletes who have won a gold medal in the Olympics.

    Boxing silver medalists Petecio and Paalam and bronze winner EumirMarcial were conferred with the Congressional Medal of Distinction.

    “I am immensely humbled to have received the Congressional Medal of Distinction, an award that would represent our achievements in the field of sports. I greatly appreciate this honorable gesture from our House of Representatives, specifically Speaker Lord Allan Velasco and Deputy Speaker Mikee Romero. I hope this will serve as an inspiration to all the youths of our country,” Marcialsaid in his Facebook post.