SENATOR Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada sought a Senate commendation for the latest batch of achievers in the field of sports as he filed Senate Resolution Nos. 309 commending and congratulating the boxers who won medals in a recent tournament in Jordan.
Estrada hailed in the resolution Tokyo Olympics silver medalists Carlo Paalam and Nesthy Petecio and Hergie Bacyadan for bagging medals in the Asian Boxing Confederation Elite Men and Women Boxing Championships in Amman.
Paalam won the men’s bantamweight gold medal, while Petecio and Bacyadan claimed bronze medals in women’s featherweight and middleweight, respectively.
“The valiant efforts and successes of Paalam, Petecio and Bacyadan in the continental tilt proved yet again the exceptional caliber, resilience, and grit of our Filipino athletes alongside the world’s best,” Estrada said.
Their performance and victories in the international arena, Estrada added, uplifted the image of the Philippines and reinforced the country’s standing as a celebrated boxing powerhouse.
“The outstanding achievements of our Filipino boxers can motivate and inspire the younger generation to immerse themselves in sports to develop discipline, perseverance, and commitment to excellence—all positive qualities that are important in nation-building,” he said.
Estrada also introduced Senate Resolution No. 308 extolling the exemplary performance of the National Youth Chess Team for bringing home the overall championship at the Eastern Asia Youth Chess Championships in Bangkok last November 12.
“The chess prodigies embody the bright future of Philippine sports, whose world-class talent should be nurtured and further developed through adequate support to grassroots and amateur sports programs,” he said.
“The junior chess champions and grandmasters-in-the-making stand as good role models for their fellow Filipinos to encourage them to take up sports that foster self-discipline, teamwork, and excellence,” Estrada added.
The delegation hauled 32 gold, 27 silver and 21 bronze medals in the individual and team categories of the regional tilt which drew almost 200 players from 12 countries.
They also secured Woman International Master, FIDE Master, Woman FIDE Master and candidate masters titles from the event.