Press Release
September 6, 2021

September 06, 2021

Good afternoon Mr. President.

I would like to congratulate our Olympic athletes, not just for superbly representing us in the Tokyo Olympics but also for giving us a collective feeling of euphoria and national pride every time we saw one of our kababayans in the winner's podium. Mabuhay po kayo, mga kababayan!

Our athlete's tenacity and fortitude in pursuing the greatest honor an athlete can give their country are unmatched. We are very fortunate to be represented by a new generation of athletes who are bold and fierce, outspoken in advocating for their fellow athletes, and undeterred by the challenges thrown their way.

Syempre, special mention ang aking mga kabaro: sina Hidilyn Diaz and Nesthy Petecio. Your enthusiastic faith in the talent, capability, and potential of your fellow female athletes will encourage more women and girls to become athletes, to set more Olympic records, to break the glass ceiling, and to prove that sports, boxing man yan o weightlifting, are not just for boys. You show us, Ms. Nesthy and Ms. Hidilyn, that girls with dreams become women with vision.

The Philippines' remarkable performance in this Olympics makes one thing clear: with consistent and continuous support for our athletes, our future is bright.

Maraming Salamat po.

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