Tokyo Olympics 2020 medalists Carlo Paalam, Nesthy Petecio, and Eumir Marcial received another cash reward from Rep. Mikee Romero on Saturday at the AirAsia headquarters inside the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3.

/ 22 August 2021

Since Romero is in Las Vegas to support Sen. Manny Pacquaio for his upcoming battle against Cuban Yordenis, the House Deputy Speaker from 1-Pacman Partylist, led a virtual Zoom ceremony to hand over cheque incentives to Paalam, Petecio, and Marcial.

The ceremony, labeled as “Bagsik ng Kamao”, fulfilled Romero’s vow to give P2 million each to silver medalists Paalam and Petecio, and P1 million to bronze medalist Marcial. 

“Nesthy, Carlo, and Eumir brought immense pride and hope to the Filipino people amid these trying times due to the pandemic. They truly deserve these blessings,” said Romero.

“But please, your Olympic journey should not stop in the Tokyo Games, abot kamay na ninyo ang pangarap ninyong mag-uwi ng ginto.’

In lieu of Romero, CEO in one of his companies and AirAsia executive Erick Arejola handed the checks to the boxers.

Romero’s virtual speech also highlighted the significance of the boxer’s victories.

“They proved once again na kaya talaga ng mga Pinoy na makipagsabayan sa buong mundo pagdating sa boxing like what Manny Pacquiao and our other great boxers did. Iba ang bagsik ng mga kamao ng Pinoy.”

At the same time, Romero vowed that Marcial will never have to worry about electricity for he will take care of it since he handles an electric cooperative in Zamboanga city.

Bewitched by gratitude and excitement, Marcial stood and gave some combinations before thanking Romero.

Romero also encouraged Paalam not to turn professional yet, saying, “Bata ka pa at may Paris Olympics pa, baka dun mo masungkit ang ginto.”

“We are extremely proud of these sports heroes. Their achievements will surely serve as an inspiration to the next generation of Filipino boxers,” said Romero.

“Saktong-sakto ito for them to celebrate their victories with their families,” said the owner of the NorthPort Batang Pier team in the PBA.