Duterte dabs with Asian Games gold winner Margielyn Didal


Posted at Sep 12 2018 07:27 PM | Updated as of Sep 13 2018 07:48 AM

She did it in the Senate; now, she has done it, too, at Malacañang. 

Gold-winning skateboarder Margielyn Didal convinced President Rodrigo Duterte to do the "dab" with her at the Palace on Wednesday during the awarding of incentives to top performing athletes in the recently concluded 2018 Asian Games.

Known for her playful antics, Didal first made the "mano" gesture to Duterte then coaxed him into doing the dab.

Duterte obliged before jokingly giving her a karate chop.

The President handed out incentives to gold medalists Hidilyn Diaz (weightlifting) and Yuka Saso (golf), silver medalist Rogen Ladon (boxing), and bronze medalist Agatha Wong (wushu).

Also present during the awarding were Philippine Sports Commission chairman Butch Ramirez, 2018 Asian Games delegation head Richard Gomez, Philippine Olympic Committee chairman Abraham “Bambol” Tolentino, Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea.

"I congratulate our athletes and their coaches in bringing honor and recognition to the Philippines in the field of sports. We Filipinos have always been known for competitive, and this year we did not fall short of showing our traits to our neighbors," Duterte said, also announcing that medal-winning athletes will be given additional bonuses.

"I have already directed the PSC to provide additional incentives to be sourced from its funds for the winning individuals in the Asian Games."

Other Asian Games medalists who were assured of added incentives include gold medalists Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Go and silver medalist Kiyomi Watanabe.

Aside from Duterte's bonus, each gold medalist stands to receive P6 million, while the silver and bronze medalists would get P2 million and P950,000, respectively.

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