Thursday, 25 March 2010

Swimmers to get P1m in bonuses

Peter Atencio
Manila Standard

THE Philippine Sports Commission will provide an incentive package worth P1 million to Jessie King Lacuna and the four-member national men’s freestyle relay squad.

PSC chairman Harry Angping said Lacuna, along with Ryan Arabejo, Charles Walker, Kendrick Uy, will receive their financial assistance as they prepare for the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

The four have been added to the pool of athletes after the PSC reviewed their performances in the recent 25th Southeast Asian Games in Laos.

The foursome won the silver medal in the 4x200-meter freestyle relays in seven minutes, 31.10 seconds behind the Singaporeans, who edged them for the gold by a mere 37/100ths of a second.

Angping said the PSC will give the four swimmers P15,000 each as monthly allowance, while female swimmers Erica Totten and Jasmine Al-Khaldi will receive P8,000 each.

Meanwhile, the Manila Prosecutor’s Office found probable cause in a case filed against two wushu officials by the PSC last year.

City Prosecutor Joseph Lopez approved the filing of charges of nine counts of qualified theft on former Wushu Federation of the Philippines president Julian Camacho and treasurer Bernardo Ong for illegally claiming the salary of a Chinese wushu coach for nine months amounting to P441,190.

The findings were issued in a three-page resolution recommended which was by Assistant City Prosecutor Aimee Santos-Arago to Lopez. This elevates to case to the Manila Regional Trial Court for further legal action.

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