Press Release
November 6, 2019

Bong Go files resolutions commending triumphant Filipino athletes Petecio, Yulo

Senator Christopher Lawrence "Bong" Go filed two separate resolutions on Wednesday, November 6, congratulating and commending Filipino athletes Nesthy Alcayde Petecio and Carlos Edriel Yulo who recently brought sporting glory to the country after bagging gold medals in their respective competitions.

Female boxer Petecio won gold in the featherweight division of the 2019 Association Internationale de Boxe Amateur (AIBA) Women's World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia, on October 13; while gymnast Yulo captured the country's first gold medal in the men's floor exercise of the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics in Stuttgart, Germany, on October 12.

"Nesthy Alcayde Petecio, who hails from Davao del Sur, defeated her opponent and ruled the division. She is now the second Filipina who bagged a gold medal from the competition," Go said.

"Nesthy's triumph is also the nation's triumph and an inspiration to many young Filipinos aspiring to be national athletes, most especially in boxing," he added.

In Senate Resolution No. (SRN) 192 which he filed on Monday, November 4, Go, who is also the chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, said that "the Filipina boxing prodigy has proved time and time again that the unrelenting spirit, determination and competitiveness of Filipino athletes should be truly commended and emulated."

Likewise, Go heaped praises on nineteen-year-old Filipino gymnast Yulo, the first Filipino to capture a gold medal from the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Yulo is also the first Southeast Asian male to win gold in the competition.

"The 12th of October 2019 will forever remain a momentous date in Philippine sporting history. On that day, the Philippine national anthem was played at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships for the first time after our very own gymnast, Carlos Edriel Yulo, captured our first-ever gold medal in the men's floor exercise in the history of the prestigious sporting competition," Go said of Yulo's landmark victory.

"This triumph by Mr. Yulo is nothing short of an extraordinary achievement by a Filipino athlete well deserving of recognition and praise from this esteemed chamber," the senator added.

In Senate Resolution Number (SRN) 190 commending Yulo, the senator said that "the triumphant feat made allowed him to qualify and compete at the world's grandest sporting event, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics."

Go also said that the victories of the Filipino athletes serve "as an inspiration to all Filipino athletes and aspiring athletes to pursue their passion for sports and excel in it."

Meanwhile, Go assured the country's sportsmen and women of government's full support whenever they are competing in their respective sports.

"May this recognition also serve as a reminder to our athletes that they have the government and the entire Filipino nation rooting for them each time they compete and represent our nation in the world stage," said Go, also expressing his optimism on the future of Philippine sports.

"As a country that is never scarce of sporting talent and skills, I am optimistic that Mr. Yulo's achievement--and the achievements of all our athletes who made waves in international competitions this year--is just the start of the renaissance of Philippine sporting glory," he concluded.

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