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Marcial, Inso, Padua to receive hefty incentives for Asian Games feats

TAOLU THREE. Jones Inso, middle, is set to receive hefty cash incentives from both the national and city governments after winning a bronze medal in the Asian Games in Hanhzhou, China earlier this month. Along with wushu sanda bronze medalist Gideon Fred Padua, a total of PhP500,000 will be theirs. Here he poses with Thornton Lou Sayan, right, who was in the Asiad but did not win and former national athlete Daniel Parantac and now the city’s wushu taolu coach. PML

Two Cordillera athletes and a University of Baguio student are expected to get big windfalls from both the national and city governments for their medal wins in the recently concluded 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

Wushu taolu and wushu sanda bronze medal winners Jones Inso and Gideon Fred Padua are expected to get PhP400,000 from Malacanang where they will fete an upcoming grand heroes’ welcome at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Manila.

Boxer Eumir Marcial stands to receive a hefty PhP1 million for his silver performance from President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

The Philippines got four gold medals, two silvers and 12 bronze medals in the Asiad.

To receive PhP2 million are gold medalists EJ Obiena of Athletics, Meggie Ochoa and Annie Ramirez of Jiu-jitsu, and the Gilas Pilipinas Men’s Basketball Team.

In Baguio, Jones and Padua stand to get PhP100,000 for their efforts, even as PhP200,000 is assured for a siler medalist.

Their respective coaches will stand to receive half of that amount.

In 2021, Marcial carted away PhP300,000 for his bronze medal performance in the Tokyo Olympics. Fellow boxers Nesthy Petecio and Carlo Paalamtook home PhP400,000 for their silver medals, the highest the city has ever given to winning athletes.

Their respective coaches also received cash incentives, although half of what the athletes received.

Last Sunday, Malacanang sent the invitation to the athletes through the Philippine Sports Commission that a heroes welcome will be given to the medal winning athletes that include wushu sanda silver medalist Arnel Mandal of Wushu. Aside from Padua and Inso are Patrick King Perez of Taekwondo, Clemente Tabugara Jr. of wushu, Alex Eala and Francis Alcantara of tennis, Patrick Coo of cycling, Elreen Ando of weightlifting, Kaila Napolis of jiu-jitsu, Sakura Alforte of karate, and the men’s sepak takraw team. Pigeon Lobien

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