Hidilyn Diaz shares qualities of a leader she envisions for Philippines

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Gold medallist Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz stand on the podium for the victory ceremony of the women's 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP) (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)
Gold medallist Philippines' Hidilyn Diaz stand on the podium for the victory ceremony of the women's 55kg weightlifting competition during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo International Forum in Tokyo on July 26, 2021. (Photo by Vincenzo PINTO / AFP) (Photo by VINCENZO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)

After becoming the first Filipino Olympic gold medalist on Monday (July 26), Hidilyn Diaz has been using her iconic status to inspire the Philippines in becoming a better nation.

In a 20-second video circulating online, the bemedaled weightlifter, who also holds two Olympic records from her historic stint in the 2020 Tokyo Games, shared several qualities of a leader that she believes the next president of the country must possess.

Ang iboboto ko 'yung pinuno na may pusong winner, hindi pusong talunan," Diaz said. "'Yung maka-Diyos at makatao, hindi makasarili; ‘yung magbibigay ng kalinga, hindi takot. Kayo rin, 'di ba?

(Translation: "I will vote for a leader who has the heart for winning, and not a defeatist; someone God-fearing and humane, and not self-centered; someone who will care and provide protection, not impose fear. You, too, right?")

With less than a year left before the 2022 Philippine presidential election, Diaz, who was once tagged in the so-called oust-Duterte matrix back in 2019, is making sure to leave an impact on the masses both through her words and actions.

Ohmer Bautista is a sports journalist who has covered local and international sporting events in the Philippines. The views expressed are his own.

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