Hidilyn Diaz's cash windfall now totals to more than P43 million after Malacañang on Wednesday threw in extra incentives to the winnings of the first Filipino Olympic gold medalist.
Diaz will receive an additional P3 million from and a fully-furnished house and lot in Zamboanga City after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the commitment during a virtual courtesy call with officials from the Palace upon her arrival Wednesday afternoon.
The 30-year-old weightlifting star is also set to receive the Presidential Medal of Merit, which will make her the fourth athlete to receive the award after Manny Pacquiao, Gabriel "Flash" Elorde and Paeng Nepomuceno.
Diaz already raked in a bountiful haul even before arriving back in Manila thanks to the following pledges:
• P10M each from of business tycoons Manuel V. Pangilinan and Ramon S. Ang,
• P10M by way of Republic Act No. 10699, or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act, signed into law in 2015 by the late Pres. Benigno S. Aquino, III;
• P5M from Phoenix Petroleum's Dennis Uy, through the Siklab Atleta Foundation;
• P3M from Deputy House Speaker Rep. Mikee Romero and
• P2.5M from the City of Zamboanga, among other rewards from both public and private sponsors.
Diaz arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 2 at 5:51 p.m. via Philippine Airlines flight PR-427 and was promptly escorted to the call with government officials.