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PBBM lauds Obiena, PH athletes triumph

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FILIPINO world No.3 pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena on Friday received a red carpet welcome and a pat on the back from no less than President BongBong Marcos in a courtesy meeting in Malacanang.

Accompanied by Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman Noli Eala, PSC Executive Director Atty. Guillermo Iroy, Jr. and Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association (PATAFA) president Terry Capistrano, the Olympian presented to the President his 2022 World Athletics Championships Pole Vault Bronze medal he won last July.

The President in response hailed the achievements of Obiena and the Filipino athletes who continue to uplift the national spirit with their victories in the international stage/

“You inspire young people to go down that road. I think that is the greatest tribute and service that you can give to our country – it is to bring honor to the Philippines,” said Marcos, who also said “ang sport, kapag nag-champion ang isang atleta, walang downside yan, puro maganda. Everything that came out of your winning is good. It is all good.”

Eala said that the President is a true sportsman and showed his love for sports by giving clear instructions to “help our athletes because what they do is important to our nation”.

He later posted a message “Thank you Mr. President” in his Twitter account.

“Hindi naman nangyayari ito na last week lang nagdecide, mananalo agad eh. Matagal na proseso ito, and andyan yung support group na tumutulong sa inyo, Malaki ang pasasalamat ng sambayanan sa inyo,” said Marcos.

Also present to receive Obiena were Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin and Presidential Management Staff Secretary Naida Angping.

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