Military honors its own, cites
Hidilyn Diaz for ‘inspiring’ win

August 23 2016 7:53 AM

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Department of National Defense (ĎND)adopted a resolution honoring Hidilyn Diaz for her “inspiring” win at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Diaz won the silver medal in the Women’s 53-kg category in weightlifting last August 8.

Diaz, ranked Air Woman 2nd Class at the Philippine Air Force (PAF), was conferred the Outstanding Achievement Medal on Monday, August 22, according to a statement by Chief of Staff Ricardo Visaya.

“Her achievement did not only make the AFP and the country proud, it also inspired thousands,” Visaya said.

Diaz was feted with a hero’s welcome when she returned to the Philippines and met President Rodrigo Duterte. She is expected to receive a P5 million cash incentive as provided under Republic Act No. 10699.

President Duterte assured Diaz of another P2.5 million for her silver medal finish.

The Senate committee on sports, led by Senator Manny Pacquiao, also adopted a resolution honoring Diaz.

Diaz, a Zamboanga native, gave the Philippines its third silver Olympic medal. Manuel “Onyok” Velasco, Jr. was the last Filipino athlete to win a silver medal in boxing in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia.

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