SENATOR Manny Pacquiao will add to the cash incentives for Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz, although he refused to disclose how much he will be giving to the newest Filipina sports heroine.
During the plenary session at the Senate on Wednesday, Pacquiao promised that he will be issuing an incentive from his own money to Diaz after she won the silver medal in the 53kg division of the Rio Olympics weightlifting competition.
Pacquiao, however, declined to announce how much he will be giving.
“Definitely, I will give Hidilyn Diaz incentive from my own pocket,” said Pacquiao, speaking to Senate president Franklin Drilon during the plenary session.
“We will not announce it because it’s personal,” Pacquiao added.
For winning a silver medal in Rio, Diaz is already entitled to P5 million through Republic Act 10699 or the Sports Benefits and Incentives Act of 2015. The Filipina weightlifter has also already received P500,000 from the local government of her hometown of Zamboanga City, and a house and lot from a private entity.
Diaz was present at the Senate when it adopted resolutions issued by various senators, including Pacquiao, congratulating Diaz for bringing honor and glory to the country.
“Diaz, who competed in her third straight Olympics after participating in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, took the silver medal in the Women's Weightlifting 53-kg Division ending a 20-year medal drought,” the resolution stated.