PSC thanks AFP for supporting Vietnam SEA Games

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THE country is indebted to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) for lending its soldier-athletes to the country’s cause on 31st Southeast Asian Games (SEA) in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez has stressed the importance of the military’s assistance in allowing its enlisted personnel who are part of the national team, such as the Olympic gold medalist in weightlifting Hidilyn F. Diaz of the Air Force, to represent the country.

Tokyo Games boxing bronze medalist Eumir Felix D. Marcial of the Air Force, muay thai world champion Philip Delarmino, hurdler Clinton Bautista, pug Ian Clark Bautista and cagebelle Marizze Andrea Cabinbin from the Navy and two other ballerinas Janine Pontejos and France Mae Cabinbin from the army all chipped mint.

Their concerted efforts helped the country edge past Singapore for fourth place with a haul of 52 gold, 70 silver and 104 bronze against 47-46-71 in the biennial competition.

“We thanked AFP for these athletes. AFP’s contributions have proven critical to our success at the SEA Games,” Mr. Ramirez said. “AFP has been very supportive not only of our SEA Games campaign , but every time we fly our flag in international competitions.”

Military athletes also won 11 silver and 16 bronze medals in Hanoi, rowers Cris Nievarez (Army) and Joanie Delgaco (Navy) contributing at least two medals each along with WGM Janelle Frayna (Air Force) in chess.

Other silver winners were decathlete Aries Toledo, boxer Irish Magno, grandmaster Darwin Laylo of chess, Russel Misal of table tennis, Jeson Patrombon (tennis) and wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito, Ronil Tubog and Jhonny Morte.

Bronze medalists were Sonny Wagdos and Jelly Dianne Paralige from athletics, boxer Riza Pasuit, rowers Roque Abala and Nicanor Jasmin, Jason Huerte and Rheyjey Ortouste from sepak takraw, Alnakran Abdilla from beach volleyball, Jovelyn Gonzaga and wrestlers Jason Balabal and Noel Norada.

It was the Filipinos’ best result in the competition outside the Philippines since they finished second overall in the Singapore tilt in 1983.

And it was because of the patriotism displayed by the brave 117 men and women in uniform. — Joey Villar

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