Philippines’ Hidilyn Diaz wins the gold medal within the ladies’s 55kg weightlifting competitors in the course of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Video games on July 26, 2021.

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Two years earlier than Philippine weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz gained the nation’s first ever Olympic gold medal, she was linked to an alleged plot to oust President Rodrigo Duterte.

Diaz, who gained the historic gold medal on the Tokyo Video games on Monday, had discovered her title amongst many others in a chart released in May 2019 by Duterte’s spokesman at the moment. The spokesman mentioned these listed on the chart had been concerned in a conspiracy to discredit Duterte and increase the probabilities of opposition politicians at an impending election.

The spokesman later mentioned Diaz, who was then making ready for the Tokyo Olympics, was not part of the alleged plot against Duterte. He mentioned her title solely appeared as a part of a community of one of many plot’s alleged masterminds, and reportedly blamed the media for concluding that Diaz was immediately concerned.

Simply neglect them, you have already got the gold. Gold is gold. And it might be good so that you can simply let bygones be bygones and dwell solely in your victory …

Rodrigo Duterte

Philippine president

The 2019 incident resurfaced this week after Diaz gained the Olympic gold, and Duterte on Wednesday informed her in a name “let bygones be bygones.” Official newswire Philippine Information Company reported that the president requested Diaz to neglect the “disagreeable issues” between her and the federal government.

“Simply neglect them, you have already got the gold. Gold is gold. And it might be good so that you can simply let bygones be bygones and dwell solely in your victory, along with your loved ones and naturally with the nation,” Duterte reportedly mentioned.

Diaz had feared for her and her family’s safety after she was linked to the alleged ouster plot, as some folks named within the diagram had been focused by the federal government and a few even ended up being killed, reported Philippine on-line information web site Rappler.

The Olympic champion said in an interview this week with Philippine broadcaster ABS-CBN Information that she would forgive those that threatened her life again then.

She added that she not wants an apology from Duterte’s former spokesman Salvador Panelo, who launched the diagram along with her title on it, the broadcaster reported.

‘Ouster plot matrix’

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte provides a speech on the Malacanang Palace in Manila on June 1, 2017.

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Since Diaz’s victory within the Tokyo Olympics, officers of the Duterte authorities have sought to distance themselves from the 2019 episode.

When requested whether or not the presidential workplace ought to apologize to Diaz, present presidential spokesman Harry Roque reportedly mentioned this week he did not make any allegations against her.

Panelo — now Duterte’s chief presidential authorized counsel — maintained that he didn’t hyperlink Diaz to the alleged plot.

“It’s actually disheartening that there are individuals who search to take the limelight out of Ms. Diaz’s latest triumph and convert it right into a political skirmish of who ought to and mustn’t have fun our nation’s win,” he said in a Tuesday statement.

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