Go seeks P500,000 for Onyok amid unfulfilled rewards for '96 Olympic medal

Published August 10, 2021, 10:16 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday, August 10 said the fate of former Olympian Mansueto ‘Onyok’ Velasco should not happen during the Duterte administration, especially amid the triumphant performance of Philippine athletes in the Tokyo Olympics.

Velasco, a silver medalist, recently disclosed unfulfilled promises from various pledgers more than two decades ago.

Sa panahon ni Pangulong Duterte, binibigyan natin ng importansya, suporta at insentibo ang mga atleta natin lalo na yung mga nagtagumpay sa Olympics ngayon. (Under the time of President Duterte, we give importance, support and incentives to our athletes especially the winners now in the Olympics). Bigyan rin dapat natin ng karampatang pagkilala ang mga atleta nating katulad ni Onyok na nangangailangan ng tulong natin ngayon (We should also give our athletes the recognition they deserved including Onyok who needs our help now),” Go, chairman of the Senate Sports committee, said.

Go said he has raised this issue to President Duterte and he recommended that financial aid be given to Velasco to compensate for the unfulfilled obligations of various entities in the past.

In response to his appeal, the Office of the President is currently processing the provision of financial assistance amounting to P500,000 for Velasco, Go added.

Kapag may binitawang salita, dapat tuparin! (If you promised something, you must fulfill it!). Iyan po ang ugali namin ni Pangulong Duterte. Bagama’t nangyari naman ito more than twenty years ago at wala naman kaming kinalaman sa mga napangako sa kanya noon, nais ko lang hanapan ng paraan na maresolba ito sa panahon ni Pangulong Duterte (That is our practice with President Duterte. While the case happened more than 20 years ago and we have nothing to do with the pledges and promises made to him (Onyok), I just want to find ways on how we can resolve this under the term of President Duterte),” Go emphasized.

Nakapagdala po ng honor si Onyok sa ating bansa (Onyok brought honor to our country). Napaglipasan lang po ng panahon ang ibang mga ipinangako sa kaniya (Some of the pledges made to him have passed with time). Kaya po ako nakikiusap sa gobyerno na mabigyan siya ng konting tulong bilang pagkilala rin sa kanyang accomplishment noon (This is why I am appealing to the government to provide little help as a recognition for his accomplishment then),” Go explained.

Velasco is a former Olympian who won a silver medal in boxing at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

According to the boxer, he received pledges and incentives from various personalities upon winning a medal more than two decades ago but were unfortunately left unfulfilled.

In an interview on Friday, July 30, Velasco revealed he has yet to receive the P2.5 million pledge from certain members of Congress then, as well as scholarship grants for his children from another pledger.

An unnamed businessman had also committed to provide a lifetime monthly allowance of P10,000 which was discontinued after a year, according to the boxer.

Last Thursday, August 5, the Malacañang Palace announced during a press briefing that it would look into the possibility of giving an incentive to the Filipino boxer

Go then urged the government to continue investing in sports development and support past, present and future Filipino athletes.

Go vowed to ensure that the issue of Velasco would not happen again with Hidilyn Diaz, Carlo Paalam, Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial who recently won medals in the Tokyo Summer Games as well as other athletes to whom various pledges were made.

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Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Tuesday August 10 said the fate of former Olympian Mansueto ‘Onyok’ Velasco should not happen during the Duterte administration, especially amid the triumphant performance of Philippine athletes in the Tokyo Olympics.

Velasco, a silver medalist, recently disclosed unfulfilled promises from various pledgers more than two decades ago.

Sa panahon ni Pangulong Duterte, binibigyan natin ng importansya, suporta at insentibo ang mga atleta natin lalo na yung mga nagtagumpay sa Olympics ngayon. (Under the time of President Duterte, we give importance, support and incentives to our athletes especially the winners now in the Olympics). Bigyan rin dapat natin ng karampatang pagkilala ang mga atleta nating katulad ni Onyok na nangangailangan ng tulong natin ngayon (We should also give our athletes the recognition they deserved including Onyok who needs our help now),” Go, chairman of the Senate Sports committee, said.

Go said he has raised this issue to President Duterte and he recommended that financial aid be given to Velasco to compensate for the unfulfilled obligations of various entities in the past.

In response to his appeal, the Office of the President is currently processing the provision of financial assistance amounting to P500,000 for Velasco, Go added.

Kapag may binitawang salita, dapat tuparin! (If you promised something, you must fulfill it!). Iyan po ang ugali namin ni Pangulong Duterte. Bagama’t nangyari naman ito more than twenty years ago at wala naman kaming kinalaman sa mga napangako sa kanya noon, nais ko lang hanapan ng paraan na maresolba ito sa panahon ni Pangulong Duterte (That is our practice with President Duterte. While the case happened more than 20 years ago and we have nothing to do with the pledges and promises made to him (Onyok), I just want to find ways on how we can resolve this under the term of President Duterte),” Go emphasized.

Nakapagdala po ng honor si Onyok sa ating bansa (Onyok brought honor to our country). Napaglipasan lang po ng panahon ang ibang mga ipinangako sa kaniya (Some of the pledges made to him have passed with time). Kaya po ako nakikiusap sa gobyerno na mabigyan siya ng konting tulong bilang pagkilala rin sa kanyang accomplishment noon (This is why I am appealing to the government to provide little help as a recognition for his accomplishment then),” Go explained.

Velasco is a former Olympian who won a silver medal in boxing at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

According to the boxer, he received pledges and incentives from various personalities upon winning a medal more than two decades ago but were unfortunately left unfulfilled.

In an interview on Friday, July 30, Velasco revealed he has yet to receive the P2.5 million pledge from certain members of Congress then, as well as scholarship grants for his children from another pledger.

An unnamed businessman had also committed to provide a lifetime monthly allowance of P10,000 which was discontinued after a year, according to the boxer.

Last Thursday, August 5, the Malacañang Palace announced during a press briefing that it would look into the possibility of giving an incentive to the Filipino boxer

Go then urged the government to continue investing in sports development and support past, present and future Filipino athletes.

Go vowed to ensure that the issue of Velasco would not happen again with Hidilyn Diaz, Carlo Paalam, Nesthy Petecio and Eumir Marcial who recently won medals in the Tokyo Summer Games as well as other athletes to whom various pledges were made.

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