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Ralph Recto has this reaction to the Olympic win of Hidilyn Diaz

Following the historic win of Pinay weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto had this reaction as she defeated China.

In the competition, the Filipina athlete defeated world-record holder Liao Qiuyun of China. After winning the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines, Hidilyn’s Chinese opponent, based on ABS-CBN’s report, had this statement: “I really respect Diaz as an opponent because she did the best she could, in fact better than that and that is the ultimate. She did a better job and it is nice for all the people that were supporting her.”

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In an interview by Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart, Senator Recto was asked to react to the recent pride that Hidilyn Diaz brought to the country. The reaction of the lawmaker was intriguing as he was taking a swipe at Pres Rodrigo Duterte’s retort “we cannot afford to go to war w China”.

This is over the issue on the West Philippine Sea/ South China Sea. Recto said, “Congratulations, she is truly an inspiration to all Filipinos on her dedication, her perseverance and equally important, tinalo pa niya [ang] China, at walang giyera.”

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Other Senators also congratulated Hidilyn Diaz such as Pia Cayetano who expressed gratitude to the Pinay athlete for “lifting the pride and honor of the entire Filipino nation, literally, on your shoulders.”

For Senator Grace Poe’s message, she stressed “women empowerment. “For the first time in a long time, we shed tears of joy. Thank you, Hidilyn, for making your country proud and lifting the Filipino spirits to new heights,” she said, based on the article in Inquirer.

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