LOOK: Duterte meets Filipino SEA Games ‘hero' surfer

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 11 2019 11:37 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Roger Casugay during a meeting with the Philippine Surfing Team at the Malacañang Palace on Dec. 10, 2019. Richard Madelo, Presidential Photo

MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday met with the Philippine surfing team, including Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Roger Casogay, who has been dubbed as a “hero surfer” for saving an Indonesian rival during a competition.

Casogay earned praise after helped Indonesian surfer Arip Nurhidayat to safety during a surfing competition event in the regional sports meet. 

President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Roger Casugay during a meeting with the Philippine Surfing Team at the Malacañang Palace on Dec. 10, 2019. Richard Madelo, Presidential Photo

Earlier, Duterte’s long-time aide Senator Christopher “Bong” Go said the La Union-born surfer would receive the Order of Lapu-Lapu from the President on Dec. 18 in a Palace ceremony.

The Order of Lapu-Lapu is conferred to individuals who are recognized for their “invaluable service in relation to a campaign or advocacy of the President.”

Casogay was also chosen to be the Philippines' flag-bearer on Wednesday’s SEA Games closing ceremonies at the New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac.

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