Compiled by Fitzgerald Cecilio (Asst. News/Sports Editor)
MANILA — It came like a whiff of fresh air for Filipinos struggling to fight isolation stress amid the pandemic.
We are referring here to the exploits abroad of bemedaled gymnast Daniela Reggie Dela Pisa who hauled in for PH two (2) gold medals at the 2020 Santa’s Cup in Budapest, Hungary on Friday.
It was her latest return to “active duty” or competitive action following her glittery performance in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last year that PH hosted.
Her Hungarian juggernaut was also a much-needed boost as she chases necessary points for her to qualify for next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Dela Pisa, a Cebuana ovarian cancer survivor, showed her championship routine in rhythmic gymnast to pocket gold medals in the Hoop and Club events.
The performance was a fitting follow-up to her outstanding showing at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games held in Manila where she ended the gold-medal drought in rhythmic gymnastics for Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP).
Aside from wining the country’s first gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics for the Philippines since 2011, Dela Pisa also won two bronze medals in the biennial meet.
Before joining the national team, she also won medals in the Batang Pinoy, Palarong Pambansa and the Philippine National Games (PNG).
Also bringing honor for the tri-colors was Breanna Labadan, who won one gold and two silver medals.
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A Palace official claimed it was Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founding chairman Jose Maria “Joma” Sison himself who red-tagged militant organizations and individuals and not the government.
In a virtual presser on Dec. 11, Undersecretary Severo Catura, Executive Director of the Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat (PHRCS), said the government “has never red-tagged anyone.
Catura said various statements associating some organizations and individuals to the communist movement were based on the pronouncements of Sison in a video during a meeting at the International Center, CIC in Brussels, Belgium on March 4, 1987.
He added that Sison himself pointed to “legal democratic forces in the Philippines” such as Bagong Alyansang Makabayan or BAYAN, in short. “Its biggest component organizations are: Kilusang Mayo Uno which is the labor center; the Kilusang Magbubukid (KMP); GABRIELA, the woman’s Alliance; League of Filipino Students (LFS); Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT); KADENA; and so on,” Sison was quoted as saying.
Some government critics, Catura said, often correlate the issue of red-tagging to the anti-terrorism campaign.
“It actually takes off from statements coming from Joma Sison himself, who identified groups that are supportive of his organization, an organization that advocates for the violent overthrow of the Philippine government,” he added.
He said the red-tagging issue can be inimical in the effective implementation of the Anti-Terrorism Law, he said.
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