Bong Go hails Padios, other early Filipino medalists in 31st SEA Games

Published May 12, 2022, 4:38 PM

by Hannah Torregoza 

Senator Christopher “Bong” Go on Thursday, May 12 hailed Mary Francine Padios for winning the Philippines its first gold medal, and all the other Filipino athletes who have so far clinched medals for the country in the ongoing Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

“I wish the rest of the Team Philippines a very good luck as we defend our overall championship. The Filipino people are all behind you!” said Go, who chairs the Senate Committee on Sports.

As of May 11, the day before the opening ceremonies in Hanoi, Team Philippines has won eight medals so far — one gold, three silvers, and four bronzes.

Padios won the country’s first gold medal in the Pencak Silat Women’s Seni Tunggal single final, defeating Indonesian Puspa Arum Sari.

Meanwhile, the men’s beach handball team settled for silver after losing 1-2 to the host Vietnam. Filipino Kurash athletes, likewise, won three medals, including one silver and two bronzes.

The Philippine rowing team also earned silver in the men’s lightweight double sculls and bronze in the women’s quadruple sculls, while the Pencak Silat men’s team took bronze.

The Philippines topped the medal tally of the previous SEA Games in 2019, garnering 149 gold, 177 silver, and 121 bronze medals.

Go has reaffirmed his unwavering support to the 987 Philippine delegates, who he said exemplified discipline and perseverance as they trained vigorously to represent the Philippines at the regional sports meet.

“As Chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, it is with great pride and honor that I express my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to each and every one of you, for showing your undying devotion to our country through sports, and for upholding the true spirit of patriotism,” Go said.

“Your sacrifice and commitment is something we are truly grateful for. Maraming salamat sa pagpapakita ng inyong angking galing sa larangan ng sports,” he stressed.