Malacañang Palace Admits Government Aid Given for Filipino Athletes ‘Not Enough’
Malacañang Palace admitted that the Filipino athletes were not getting sufficient financial support and allowance.
On Tuesday (July 27, 2021), Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque admitted that the national team athletes were not getting enough amount of financial aid from the government. His statement came after Hidilyn Diaz won a gold medal at the Olympics.
“Kulang po talaga, parang minimum wage nga lang po ang allowance ng ating mga atleta. Titignan natin kung paano mababago ito,” Roque said.
The Pinay athlete Hidilyn Diaz won the country’s first Olympic gold medal at the weightlifting 55 kilogram division in Tokyo, Japan. Diaz earned praises and admiration from the Filipino people because of her achievement.
However, Roque said that the Philippine government will look into it and would consider an increase to the allowance of the national team athletes. He is also proud of the athlete’s achievement despite limited funding and explained that the Philippines would won more gold medals if they have enough allowances.
The Presidential spokesperson also assured the public that Hidilyn would get more than the P33 million reward she deserved after winning the gold medal at Olympics. It was the country’s first gold Olympic medal since 1924.
“Kung anuman ang kakulangan sa training, I am sure mababawi sa generosity ng pamahalaan at ng private sector because she truly deserves it and made us proud,” Roque added.
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