Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, who won us our first Asian Games gold last 2018 was tagged earlier this year by Bikoy, a controversial hooded figure who appeared in a series of videos showing links of suspected drug lords to the Duterte family and allies. And of course, Rodel Jayme of Metro Balita who was one of the first sharer of the Bikoy videos.
Her name appeared in a presentation shown by Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo May this year
“The President has received intelligence information that shows there is a deliberate conspiracy between certain groups to discredit his admin for purposes of this election and the groups,”
Other people tagged in a what allegedly were complicated web of conspiracies between political personalities were the Otso Diretso senatorial bets Bam Aquino, Gary Alejano, Florin Hilbay, Mar Roxas, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, and Edwin Lacierda, who served as spokesman of former president Benigno Aquino III. And then of course, Communist leader Jose Maria Sison and television host Gretchen Ho.
Though the Palace immediately denied that Hidilyn were part of the conspiracy despite the fact that her name appears in the powerpoint Presentation. Panelo reasoned that these were only a documentation of Rodel Jayme’s social-media interests and connections.
“Ha? Anong matrix? Ano ‘yun? Wala akong alam kung anoman ‘yun. At di ko alam kung sino ‘yun, ano nga pangalan nun. Di ko alam kung sino nili-link niyo sa akin,”
“Ako as an athlete, sobrang busy po ako. Wala po akong time para sa anong sinasabi niyo…Ang dami ko pang dapat laruin, ang dami ko pang dapat ayusing technique sa training. Sobrang busy, sobrang focused ako sa goal ko.”
“Sana wag po kayong ganun na idadawit niyo ang pangalan ng isang tao na sobrang busy at sobrang sinasakripisyo ang lahat para sa Pilipinas, ginagawa ang lahat para irepresenta ang Pilipinas sa weightlifting sa Philippine sports and suddenly ilalagay lang ang pangalan sa isang matrix na walang basehan.”
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo insisted that this information came from the President and that we must believe in them. Despite mounting pressure from the media to release the primary source of the said matrix and if in any way the Palace would pursue a case against them.
Fast forward, as 30th SEA Games starts. Most of the Filipino athletes, including Hidilyn fought for ”Gold” despite the mounting odds
But despite the lack of funding, support from the government and worst having been recently shamed this year by Duterte’s fake drug matrix. Hidilyn pushed through and snitched the elusive SEA Games ”Gold” for the Philippines by topping the women’s 55kg event after tallying 91 kilogram in the snatch and 120 kg in the clean and jerk for a total lift of 211 kg on Monday, December 2, at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.
“I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and trusting me that I can do it. There are times when I doubt myself but you were all there. You continued believing in me,” an emotional Diaz said after the awarding ceremony.”