SENATORS Joel Villanueva and Sonny Angara, two lawmakers who are strong advocate of sports, lauded the country’s medalists in the recent Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Mr. Villanueva, vice-chairperson of the Senate Committee on Sports, praised our medalists for their valiant effort.

The Philippines, which sent a total of 497 athletes, placed sixth in the SEA Games following a total haul of 24 gold, 33 silver and 64 bronze medals.

Athletics proved to be the richest source of gold for the Filipinos as Trenten Beram produced two gold medals in the men’s 200 and 400-meter run spearheaded another successful campaign from the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association.

Long distance runner Mary Joy Tabal, Fil-Am Eric Cray (400-meter hurdles) and Aries Toledo (men’s decathlon) also delivered a gold apiece.

Triathlon was also another successful sport for the Filipinos’ campaign in the biennial meet and just like two years ago in Singapore, Nikko Huelgas and Kim Mangrobang jump-started the country’s gold rush.

Under Republic Act 10699, SEA Games gold medalists will each receive P300,000, silver medalists will receive P150,000, while bronze medalists will get P60,000 each. — Rey Joble