Palace praised Carlo Paalam and other Filipino athletes for their “best Olympic performance”.
Malacañang had commended Filipino boxer Carlo Paalam and the rest of the Filipino athletes for displaying the “best Olympic performance in history”.
So far, the Philippines had collected four Olympics medals in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, including a silver medal won by Paalam in his bout against his British opponent.
The Philippines earlier earned its first ever Olympic gold medal after Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz dominated the women’s -55kg competition in Tokyo, Filipina boxer Nesthy Petecio captured a silver medal, and fellow boxer Eumir Marcial took him the bronze for the country.
In a statement, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque on Saturday said that the entire Filipino nation was very proud of the silver medal finish of Paalam in the Men’s Flyweight Boxing Competition in Tokyo, Japan.
According to Roque, Paalam’s road to Tokyo 2020 Olympics was the story of Filipinos – one “filled with perseverance, sacrifice and hard work”. Roque added that Carlo’s performance may further serve as an inspiration to young generation of Filipinos.
Also, Roque extended the Philippine government’s gratitude to the rest of the Filipino athletes for their inspiring performance in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
According to Roque, the Philippine government was grateful to all the Filipino athletes who participated in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics for showcasing their world-class talent, for representing the Philippines, and for uplifting the spirit of Filipinos in these trying times of COVID-19.
“We thank you for giving the Philippines its best Olympic performance in history,” Roque said.
Manila Bulletin reported that the Filipino Olympians were expected to receive incentives from the Philippine government when they returned home in appreciation for the honor and pride they brought to the Philippines.