In a press briefing late Monday, the president expressed his gratitude to Diaz for bringing honor to the country, GMA News reported.
“As the president of this country, I am overjoyed. Silver is silver maski anong sabihin mo,” said Digong. “So I would like to congratulate Ms. Diaz for the honor that she has given us and I’m praying that she would be successful in her many quests in life and the Olympics to come. Okay ako diyan ma’am, bilib na ako sa iyo.”
Duterte also said they will provide a hero’s welcome for Diaz who finally gave the Philippines its first Olympic medal in 20 years.
Aside from honor, glory, and titles that come with a silver medal finish, the 25-year-old athlete will be given P5 million in cash under Republic Act 10699.
Diaz, a native of Zamboanga City, is set to return home on August 11 and she will be received by the president at the Malacañang Palace.