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Bayaning tunay! Surfer who saved SEA Games opponent to receive Order of Lapu-Lapu

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Roger Casugay, the Filipino surfer who saved an Indonesian competitor, is expected to be conferred with the “Order of Lapu-Lapu” by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Senator Bong Go announced this on Tuesday adding that the President will grant the award to recognize Casogay’s heroism.

Casogay and Indonesian Arip Nurhidayat both competed in the 30th Southeast East (SEA) Games.

The Senate on Monday adopted Senate Resolution No. 230, taking into consideration Senate Resolution 258, to honor Casogay for risking his life to save Nurhidayat.

The resolutions were introduced by Go and Senator Nancy Binay respectively.

Nurhidayat was swept from his surfboard and tossed by the rolling waves in the middle of the men’s longboard surfing competition in San Juan, La Union when Casogay rescued him.

“Casogay rescued his competitor, showcasing the true heart of a champion by setting aside his goal of capturing a gold medal and saved the life of a competitor without hesitation,” Go said.

“His quick response in the face of danger should be commended and honored for he has shown greatness, not by garnering medals but by displaying an act of heroism and courage,” he said.

He added, “This clearly shows that humanity transcends way beyond any form of commendation, distinction and medal.”

Go noted that Indonesian President Joko Widodo thanked Casogay, saying that “while winning the competition and upholding sportsmanship is important, display of humanity is above all.”

The 25-year-old La Union native said that saving Nurhidayat was “a normal thing among the surfers.”

He said Casogay’s statement gives us a glimpse of the spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie that exists within the surfing community.

For her part, Binay said the accomplishment and heroism displayed by Casogay has once again displayed the selflessness and excellence of Filipinos which bring immense pride and honor to the country.

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