Onyok Velasco receives P500k, Order of Lapu-Lapu from Malacañang

MANILA, Philippines – Olympic silver medalist Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco received the Order of Lapu-Lapu and cash incentives from the Malacañang Palace on Monday, August 23.

President Rodrigo Duterte formally honored Velasco when the boxer paid a courtesy visit to Malacañang. He was conferred the Order of Lapu-Lapu with the rank of Kamagi for his silver medal achievement at the 1996 Olympics. Velasco joined the Tokyo Olympics medalists Hidilyn Diaz, Carlo Paalam, Nesthy Petecio, and Eumir Marcial, including weightlifter Elreen Ando and shooter Jayson Valdez.

Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu to Onyok Velasco
President Rodrigo Duterte confers the Order of Lapu-Lapu to Onyok Velasco | Photo Courtesy: PCOO

For his long overdue order of merit, Velasco was also given a cash incentive of P500,000 from the Office of the President.

According to the President, the Order of Lapu-Lapu is given to those individuals who bring pride and honor to the country. "The medalists will receive the Order of Lapu-Lapu Medal that is an honor given by the Republic of the Philippines to those who have excelled in something and brought honor to the country,” Duterte said.

The Palace had earlier remarked that there was "kapabayaan" or negligence that Velasco wasn't able to receive the incentives due to him by the government.

Since Velasco revealed that the pledges given to him 25 years ago following his Olympic win were just broken promises, the boxer had received messages of support and even incentives from private companies.

Earlier, Velasco was elated when he had been given a roasted chicken store and cash incentives of P100,000 from Chooks-to-Go Company president Ronald Mascariñas.

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