Malacañang is sending big congratulations to the Filipino athletes for their awe-inspiring performance at the Tokyo Games this week.
In a statement, Presidential spokesman Harry Roque has praised Filipino boxers Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial for their latest Olympic feat.
Paalam is one win away from clinching another gold medal for the Philippines after defeating his Japanese opponent at the men’s flyweight division.
Marcial meantime won the bronze medal in his boxing match in Tokyo, securing the country’s third Olympic medal at this year’s Games. Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz earlier broke the country’s decades-old drought and brought home the first-ever Olympic gold medal. Another Filipino Olympian, Nesthy Petecio, attained a silver medal finish in the women’s featherweight boxing.
“We join the entire Filipino nation in celebrating the victory of Carlo Paalam in today’s men’s flyweight boxing semifinals. We are likewise proud of Eumir Marcial for his bronze medal finish in men’s middleweight boxing,” Roque said.
“Our Filipino boxers have brought pride and honor to the Philippines. They truly serve as inspiration for our people, especially the youth, to emulate. Mabuhay ang atletang Pilipino,” he said.
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar also sent his congratulations to Paalam for securing at least a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He said Filipinos continue to support and pray that Paalam will win the second gold medal for the Philippines.
“With your win today, we have already achieved our best performance yet in the history of our participation in the Olympics,” Andanar said in a separate statement. “Go for gold!” he said.
Andanar likewise lauded Marcial for his outstanding performance at the Tokyo Games, sending the nation’s gratitude to the boxer for his grit and sacrifice.
“The whole Filipino nation is very proud of Eumir Marcial for his outstanding performance in the Men’s Middleweight Boxing competition that brought us our first Bronze Medal from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,” Andanar said.
“May your success further inspire aspiring Filipino boxers and athletes. The nation eagerly awaits your return here in the Philippines,” he told Marcial.