PH Navy fetes 50 SEA Games medalists

Published January 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Martin Sadongdong 

The Philippine Navy (PN) seemed to be not over yet with the 30th South East Asian (SEA) Games hype as it paid tribute to its soldier-athletes on Monday night in Taguig City.

Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, Navy Flag Officer in Command, tendered a recognition dinner for 50 Navy athletes who participated in the recent regional sports meet. (PHILIPPINE NAVY FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)
Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, Navy Flag Officer in Command, tendered a recognition dinner for 50 Navy athletes who participated in the recent regional sports meet. (PHILIPPINE NAVY FACEBOOK / MANILA BULLETIN)

Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, Navy Flag Officer in Command, tendered a recognition dinner for 50 Navy athletes who participated in the recent regional sports meet.

In his speech, Empedrad expressed his utmost support and appreciation to PN athletes “for their laudable achievements which earned distinct credit not only for themselves, for the Philippine Navy and the AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] but for the Philippines.”

“The Navy will support you 100 percent, we will give what you need,” Empedrad said as he pledged assistance to further the training of the soldier-athletes to compete in other sports meets.

Lieutenant Commander Marly Martir, one of the most senior athletes present during the celebratory dinner, bagged two golds for the Philippines.

She said that competing for the country was indeed “a big challenge” for every athlete.

“The pressure on [the] athlete’s shoulders is absolutely tough,” Martir said.

“Everyone tried their best to fight in order to win not for themselves but for the Filipino people,” she added.

Aside from Empedrad, also present during the event were unit commanders within Manila-Cavite area and other senior officers.

The 30th Southeast Asian Games was hosted by the Philippines from November 30 to December 11, 2019.

The Philippines was hailed as the overall champion, besting 10 other countries in the South East Asia, after bagging 149 gold, 117 silver and 121 bronze medals.

 
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