By Ernie Reyes
Nesthy Petecio (Filipino Balita courtesy)
MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros has filed Senate Resolution No. 822
to honor Nesthy Petecio for winning a silver medal in the Women’s
Featherweight Division at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Petecio is the first Filipina boxer to place in the Olympics. This
will also be the first time in 89 years that the country will bring
home more than one medal.
“Babae, sakalam! Filipinas making history twice in a row comes as no
surprise. We are made of tough stuff. Hidilyn showed us it was
possible, and Nesthy showed us that it’s just who we are. Nesthy
punched through the glass ceiling for so many Filipino girls and
members of the LGBQIA+ community who dream to represent us in the
world’s greatest sporting event,” she said.
Hontiveros said it would be an important move for the Senate to honor
Nesthy Petecio to “officially mark the Filipinas’ important place in
history and in sports”.
“We all witnessed history unfold. We should take the opportunity to
honor women when we triumph in spaces where men rule. Itatak natin sa
kasaysayan natin ang mga panahong ang mga Pilipina ang nagwagi, lalo
na sa pinakamapanghamong panahon para sa kahit sinong atleta” she
“Hidilyn and Nesthy embody the best of Filipino elite athletes: bold
and fierce, outspoken in advocating their fellow athletes, and
undeterred by the challenges thrown their way. Generations of
Filipinos are going to remember their names. Their stories deserve to
be told forever, ” she concluded.
Last Monday, 26 July 2021, Hidilyn Diaz won the country’s first gold medal in 97 years or since the Philippines joined the Olympics in 1924 while Petecio slammed home PH’s third silver in boxing after Anthony Villanueva (1964) and Onyok Velasco (1988). (ai/mtvn)