The Philippine Sports Commission Chairman, William “Butch” Ramirez, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Merit by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 16th, 2022. Ramirez was awarded the medal due to his outstanding contribution to Philippine sports.
The award ceremony was held at the Malacanang Palace in San Miguel, Manila, with a handful of his colleagues in attendance. After receiving the award, Ramirez thanked President Duterte for the opportunity to lead the PSC and to be a part of his leadership team. PSC Chairman Ramirez is the only two-term PSC chief and has worked in different capacities for President Duterte for more than 15 years.
Ramirez dedicated the award to the athletes, coaches, and other PSC employees, saying that he is honored to represent them and the hard work of all involved in Philippine sports.
The Presidential Medal of Merit was first introduced in 1949 and is always awarded by the current President. Ramirez was awarded the award due to his successes as the PSC chairman. Under his guidance, he hosted the 30th SEA games, where the Philippines won 387 total medals (149 gold, 117 silver, and 121 bronze). The Philippines also won their first-ever gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics when Hidilyn Diaz took home the gold for woman’s weightlifting.
Sports Betting In The Philippines
According to Philippine gambling laws, domestic and online sports betting are legal, but restrictions apply. For domestic sports betting operations, some conditions include no online sports betting in the Philippines and no betting lines on sporting events in the country.
Online sportsbooks are allowed to offer their services to the Philippines if they are located outside the Philippines. Online sportsbooks based in the Philippines are only allowed to provide services to other countries, not Filipino residents.
To learn more about online sports betting services available to Filipino, see our guide to legal sports betting in the Philippines.