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PRRD bumps up P1M more for Yulo, Petecio, Obiena

President Rodrigo Duterte meets 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Gold Medalist Carlos Yulo at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on Wednesday night. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

World champion gymnast Carlos Yulo will get P1 million more for his gold-medal finish in a recent top competition, an additional reward courtesy of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pole-vaulter EJ Obiena, the first Filipino to qualify for the 2020 Olympics, and world champion boxer Nesthy Petecio will receive the same amount each, while Eumir Marcial and Hidilyn Diaz stands to get P500,000, all from Duterte. 

Marcial won a silver in the world boxing championship in September, while Diaz bagged bronze in the weightlifting worlds also last month.

Yulo, who earlier booked a ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, beat seven other finalists to claim the men’s floor exercise crown FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Hans Schleyer Halle in Stuttgart, Germany last Saturday.

BOXING CHAMP. Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte is hugged by 2019 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships gold medalist Nesthy Petecio during their meeting at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang on October 16, 2019. Petecio beat her opponent, Liudmila Vorontsova via a 3-2 split decision in the featherweight division final in Ulan-Ude, Russia over the weekend. (Presidential Photo)

On the other hand, the 27-year old Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur native Petecio ruled the featherweight division in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships after beating hometown bet Liudmila Vorontsova of Russia on Sunday. Petecio has been a recipient of the President’s support since 2009 when he was still Mayor of Davao City. It was at this time when Petecio first competed in Manila.

In September, Obiena became the first Filipino to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics after winning in the Men’s Pole Vault competition of the Salto Con L’asta In Piazza Chiari 2019 in Italy.

Weightlifter Diaz bagged the gold in 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia while Marcial won silver in the middleweight division of the 2019 AIBA World Boxing Championships in Russia last Saturday.