'Humanity is above all': Indonesian president thanks Pinoy hero surfer
Filipino Roger Casugay (left) came to the aid of his fellow surfing competitor Arhip Nurhidayat at the expense of winning a gold medal during their surfing competition in the 30th Southeast Asian Games.

'Humanity is above all': Indonesian president thanks Pinoy hero surfer

Dino Maragay (Philstar.com) - December 9, 2019 - 3:26pm

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Southeast Asian Games surfer Roger Casugay’s recent heroics continue to deservedly gain significant attention.

No less than Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo commended Casugay for sacrificing his bid for a surfing gold medal to rescue his fellow competitor — and Widodo’s constituent — after the Indonesian surfer’s board leash snapped in the middle of their battle for a first-place finish.

Widodo took to Twitter to recognize Casugay’s selfless act to save Indonesian foe Arhip Nurhidayat at the expense of a gold medal win last Friday at Monalisa Point in San Juan, La Union.

“Winning the competition and upholding sportsmanship is important, but humanity is above all,” Indonesia’s top government official tweeted in Bahasa.

“My appreciation for Roger Casugay, a Filipino surfer who gave up the golden opportunity to help an Indonesian athlete who fell in the race. Greetings from Indonesia,” he added.

Already, Casugay’s heroics are already being repaid, as the surfer has recently been chosen to be the Philippines’ flag-bearer in the closing ceremony of  the 30th SEA Games scheduled Wednesday.

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