Onyok Velasco gifted with roast-chicken store, P100K; Palace processing possible aid

MANILA, Philippines – Olympic silver medalist Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco Jr. received a few more blessings years after his historic win at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Following Hidilyn Diaz bagging of the Philippines' first Olympic medal, Velasco expressed his hope that the weightlifter will receive the incentives due to her. According to Velasco, he has yet to get the P2.5 million cash incentive that some lawmakers pledged after his win.

SEE ALSO: Olympic silver medalist Onyok Velasco reveals he is yet to receive P2.5M from the government

Velasco recalled that during his heyday, a businessman promised a lifetime allowance of P10,000 per month but that only lasted after a year. The Philippine Navy's pledged scholarships for his two children also didn't push through.

Onyok Velasco is now a proud owner of a Chooks-to-Go branch
Onyok Velasco is now a proud owner of a Chooks-to-Go branch | Photo Courtesy: Facebook/ Chooks-to-Go

As netizens poured in their messages of support for the Olympic medalist, Velasco was invited to the office of Chooks-to-Go for a surprise. Company president Ronald Mascariñas gifted the retired boxer with his own roast-chicken store located on Litex Road as a reward for bringing honor to the country.

"We’re giving one Chooks-to-Go store to Onyok because as a Filipino we owe it to him for bringing honor to our country," Mascariñas said.

Aside from the new business, Chooks-to-Go is also gifting Velasco with a cash gift amounting to P100,000.

"We are also giving him an additional P100,000 so that he can have a long-delayed honeymoon in Boracay with his wife May," he added.

Velasco couldn't be anymore grateful for the blessings. He said the store will greatly benefit his family, especially his children.

"Pinapunta ako dito ni sir Ronald dito at dalhin ko raw ’yung medal ko. Hindi ko alam kung bakit. ’Yun pala eto ’yung surprise sa akin," he said.

"Hanap-buhay talaga na hindi lang ako makikinabang kung hindi pati pamilya ko at mga anak ko na ma-secure sila dahil sa binigay sa akin," Velasco added.

"Boss Ronald, talagang hulog ka po ng langit sa akin at sa buong pamilya ko dahil binigyan niyo po ako ng kabuhayan. Sana marami pa kayong matulungan na tulad ko," the boxer expressed his gratitude.

Meanwhile, Malacañang also revealed that they are eyeing financial aid for Velasco. Sen. Christopher Go confirmed that the government is processing P500,000 cash aid for the boxer.

Earlier, Velasco admitted that he received a one-time cash incentive amounting to P750,000 following his win. An addition of P1.2 million was also given to him under the Republic Act No. 9064 or the Sports Benefits and Incentives Act.

Under Republic Act (RA) 10699 or the National Athletes and Coaches Benefits and Incentives Act signed by former President Benigno Aquino III in 2015, Olympic gold, silver, and bronze medalists are entitled to P10 million, P5 million, and P2 million, respectively.

— Sally, The Summit Express

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