SENATE Committee on Sports Chairman Christopher 'Bong' Go on Sunday assured that he will continue to fight for the athletes' welfare and interests as he recognized players' commitment.

/ 15 May 2022

The senator also stated that regardless of the outcome of the Southeast Asian Games, he will always be proud of Filipino athletes, stating that their perseverance and efforts are already commendable.

“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.

The senator commended anew Filipino athletes’ efforts in the ongoing 31st Southeast Asian Games in Hanoi, Vietnam, where they have thus far won 58 medals for the country.

Mary Francine Padios gave the Philippines its first gold medal when she reigned in women’s pencak silat seni tunggal.  

On May 13, a day after the opening ceremonies of the Games, the country bagged its second gold after kurash athlete Jackielou Escarpe beat his Thai opponent at the men’s -73kg kurash.

Later, Olympian Carlos Yulo also bagged the gold medal in the men’s individual all-around event in gymnastics.  

Kickboxers Gina Araos Iniong and Jean Claude Saclag also won gold medals for the country for women’s kickboxing low kick -60 kg and men’s kickboxing low kick -63.5kg categories, respectively.

“As Chair of the Senate Committee on Sports, I offer my heartfelt gratitude and admiration to each and every one of you for your unwavering devotion to our country via sports and for sustaining the real spirit of patriotism,” expressed Go.