Onyok Velasco Receive Honors, Rewards From Government
ONYOK VELASCO – 1996 Olympic silver medalist Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco joined Tokyo 2020 Olympic medalists in receiving incentives from the government.
Last month, Filipino retired boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco revealed that he allegedly did not receive any rewards promised to him after winning silver at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. In an interview, he expressed his hope that weightlifting champ Hidilyn Diaz will receive all of the promised rewards.
Onyok Velasco said various individuals promised him a prize but not all of them were fulfilled. He said a businessman offered him a lifetime allowance of P10K each month but it stopped after a year. It is also rumored that he will receive P2.5 million from Congress.
“Yung kay Hidilyn, sana matupad lahat para hindi lang si Hidilyn, yung iba pang gustong maging athletes na kabataan, magpursige rin na ganun pala kalaki yung mga ibinibigay,” he said.
The Malacañang Palace immediately reacted after hearing Onyok Velasco’s statement. They called it “kapabayaan” or negligence that the Olympian was unable to receive the incentives from the government. Private companies also reached out to the former boxer and gave him cash incentives and a roasted chicken store.
On Monday, August 23, 2021, Onyok Velasco joined Tokyo Olympic medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Carlo Paalam, Nesthy Petecio, and Eumir Marcial in receiving incentives from Malacañang Palace. He was awarded the Order of Lapu-Lapu, Rank of Kamagi, and P500K from the office of the president.
Other Olympians who competed in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics received a Presidential Citation and P200K. Athletes Elreen Ando and Jayson Valdez received their incentives in person.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte lauded the Pinoy Olympians for bringing pride and honor to the country despite the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I congratulate you once again for bringing pride and honor and uplifting the spirit of Filipinos amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Your hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship, even amidst the challenges in your training and competitions prior to the Olympics are truly inspiring.”
“I am confident that you will get better in securing more victories in the future,” he added.
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