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SEA Games gold medalists to get P.3 M each

Under Republic Act 9064, also known as the Incentives Act, a gold medalist in the SEA Games will receive P300,000, silver medalist P150,000 and bronze medalist P60,000. JUN MENDOZA/File

MANILA, Philippines — Unless something urgent comes up, President Duterte on Wednesday will personally hand out cash incentives to Filipino medal winners during the recent SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.

Philippine Sports Commission chairman William Ramirez said the awarding of the incentives is set at 4 p.m. at Malacañang.

Ramirez wrote the President a letter after the 29th SEA Games came to a close in the Malaysian capital where the Philippines finished sixth overall with 24 gold, 33 silver and 64 bronze medals.

Under Republic Act 9064, also known as the Incentives Act, a gold medalist in the SEA Games will receive P300,000, silver medalist P150,000 and bronze medalist P60,000.

With 121 medals won by the 493 Filipino athletes, Malacañang will give away a total of P15,990,000 in bonuses to the athletes.

The coaches will have their own incentives under a different computation.

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Trent Anthony Beram, a Fil-American, led the Filipino winners with gold medals in the 200m and 400m races and a silver in the men’s 4x100m relay.

Ramirez said the Palace has confirmed accepting the request, and the President has agreed to receive the medalists in the Palace.

“I would have wanted everybody to be present, including those who did not bring home medals, but Malacañang can only accommodate as many athletes,” Ramirez said.

“But it’s a rare opportunity for the athletes, especially the medalists, to be with the President,” he added.

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