Triumphant boxers, POC chief fly home today

Triumphant boxers, POC chief fly home today

MANILA, Philippines — Boxers Nesthy Petecio, Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial, along with the rest of the Philippine delegation, will fly home today and will be accorded a hero’s welcome following their feats in the Tokyo Olympics.

Petecio, Paalam and Marcial, who combined for a pair of silver and a bronze medal, along with their coaches and sports officials headed by Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Abraham Tolentino will arrive at 4:45 p.m.

Celia Kiram, Charles Maxey and Arnold Agustin of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and officials from Malacañang will greet the group upon arrival.

Petecio, Paalam and Marcial will receive an online conference call from either President Duterte or Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

From there, they would proceed to a hotel booked by Tolentino in Tagaytay to spend their weeklong quarantine.

On Aug. 16, Tolentino will host a thanksgiving mass and party that would also be attended by Hidilyn Diaz, the country’s first Olympic gold medalist who arrived a week earlier.

“And we could probably arrange for their loved ones to come also,” said the congressman from Tagaytay.

Tolentino said he will personally show the houses and lots he would give to Diaz, Petecio, Paalam and Marcial in Tagaytay.

Initially, Tolentino promised a house and lot only to the gold medal winner but he changed his mind yesterday and decided to give the rest of the medalists the same reward for the honor they brought to the country.

Also, Tolentino said the POC will give an additional P3 million to Diaz for her gold, P2 million each for Petecio and Paalam for their silver and P1 million for Marcial for his bronze.

The POC and the Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation (MVPSF) have also pooled money worth P500,000 each to Filipinos who didn’t medal in the Tokyo Games.

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