"I express my gratitude to the athletes".
FIlipino athletes who participated in the recently-concluded Southeast Asian (SEA) Games met President Rodrigo Duterte in Malacañang Wednesday and thanked them for representing the country in Malaysia. "I congratulate you all especially the medalists for the accomplishment that has put honor to the country", said Duterte. "Through hard work and discipline, you have prevailed and made our nation proud", Duterte said.
The gold medalists received P300,000, silver winners got P150,000 while bronze medalists took home P60,000.
Fil-American sprinter Trenten Berams emerged as the biggest recipient among the Southeast Asian Games medalists with P615,000 in incentives after he won two gold medals in the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter run, plus a bronze with a victory in the men's 4x100 relay in the athletics' competition of the games.
Presidential citations were also given to the athletes in the biennial sportsfest where the Philippines wound up sixth overall.
The gold medalists present were trackster Mary Joy Tabal, equestrian Colin Syquia, boxer Eumir Marcial and triathlete Nikko Huelgas.
Also receiving their cash rewards were the 33 silver and 64 bronze medalists who were accompanied by their coaches and presidents and secretary-generals of the various national sports associations.
In team events, like basketball and ice hockey, the members divide the incentives equally among themselves.
Dennis Uy, Presidential Adviser for Sports, also padded the cash incentives by giving additional P50,000 (gold medal), P30,000 (silver) and P10,000 (bronze) by way of the Siklab Atleta Foundation.