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POC Bonuses Awarded to Gilas 5 and Other Asian Games Gold Winners

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) gave cash incentives to the top athletes for Team Philippines in the Asian Games (Asiad) in Hangzhou three months ago. This included three individual gold medalists, who received P1 million each. These included grapplers Annie Ramirez, Meggie Ochoa, and pole vault ace EJ Obiena. Gilas Pilipinas, who brought home a basketball gold after 61 years, had all of its members receiving P200,000. The POC distributed a total of P12.5 million in bonuses, which president Bambol Tolentino hopes will motivate athletes to perform even better in the future. “Our athletes deserve these cash incentives from the POC. Aside from rewarding them for their efforts, it will motivate other athletes to perform exceptionally well in future meets,” said Tolentino. Silver medalists Eumir Marcial (boxing) and Arnel Mandal (wushu) also received P500,000 each, while all individual bronze medalists were given P300,000 each. Ramirez, who won a gold in women’s jiu-jitsu, received P5 million in bonuses, including P2 million from the Philippine Sports Commission through the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation and P2 million from President Marcos himself. Ramirez said she plans to enjoy the holidays with her family before returning to work early next year. “From among the tournaments where I will compete next year, it’s the Aimag (Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games) which I’m looking forward to. I want to defend my title there,” said Ramirez, who is currently busy with her soon-to-rise business—a coffee shop at San Marcelino, Manila. “This year, I think God had a plan for me. We have several upcoming tournaments next year, but I’m not thinking about them yet,” Ramirez told the Inquirer during the POC general assembly at East Ocean Palace restaurant. Ramirez first came under the spotlight when the former University of Santo Tomas judoka ruled her weight class during the 2017 Aimag in Turkmenistan. INQ