The City Council on Monday passed a resolution formally congratulating weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning the Philippines’ first-ever gold medal in the Olympics.

The resolution was unanimously approved in its first and final reading. It congratulated Diaz for becoming the first Filipino to win an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic last July 26 and for giving honor and international recognition to the Philippines.

Councilor Patrick Hagedorn, primary author of the resolution, said the local government of Puerto Princesa City needs to join the rest of the country in celebrating Diaz’s triumph.

“Kung marami nga nagco-congratulate sa Facebook, why not ang LGU ay mag commend at mag-congratulate din,” he said.

“She brought honor and pride to our country. Dapat nga gayahin ng lahat ng LGU upang makita niya na buong Pilipinas ay happy and proud of her,” he added.

The Zamboanga-born athlete lifted a record-setting combined weight of 224kg, lifting 97 kg in the snatch and 127 kg to beat China’s Liao Qiuyun. Her historic victory ended the Philippines’ almost century-long Olympic gold medal drought, which began in 1924, when the country first competed in the games.

“Sana maka-inspire pa tayo ng maraming athletes especially from Puerto Princesa. Malay natin one of these days, magkaroon tayo ng gold medalist sa Olympic from Puerto,” Hagedorn said.

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