NORWAY POLITELY DECLINES PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT’S OFFER OF FINANCIAL AID TO FILIPINO-NORWEGIAN OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATER

Fil-Norwegian figure skater Anne Line Gjersem
Fil-Norwegian figure skater Anne Line Gjersem

Oslo, Norway – The Philippines’ Aquino government, in an apparent move to focus attention away from its failure to provide financial help to its lone athlete in the Sochi Winter Olympics,  has offered some money to help with the expenses of Norway’s first Olympic figure skater in 50 years.  The skater, Anne Line Gjersem, is half Filipina, born to a Norwegian father and Filipina mother. Gjersem’s mother, Perlita Bangug, hails from Ilagan, Isabela in Northern Philippines.  Anne Line has a twin sister who is also a figure skater.

The Aquino administration has come under fire after it was revealed that it had not provided a single penny to help with the expenses of the Philippines’ and Southeast Asia’s first Olympic figure skater, Michael Christian Martinez.  Presidential spokesperson Herminio Coloma has been on the defensive about Martinez’s case, telling reporters that budget allocation, competitive edge in sports, and lately, spam mail, were among the reasons that Malacañang (the Philippine presidential palace) failed to support Martinez’s Olympic quest.

In a diplomatic cable sent to the Oslo government, President NoyNoy Aquino said: “On behalf of the proud Filipino people, please accept our offer of PH 44,000 Pesos to go towards the Olympic expenses of Anne Line Gjersem who is of Filipino heritage.  We will be cheering for Gjersem when she takes to the ice this week.”   (PH 44,000 pesos is roughly U.S. $1,000).

Norway sent Aquino an immediate cable reply, saying “Thanks, but no thanks.”image13.jpg

Gjersem is the 15th skater to perform at Wednesday’s Figure Skating Ladies’ short program.

(Update: Gjersem made it to the finals and finished 23rd out of 24 skaters in the free skates.)

the first Norwegian and the only figure skater to qualify for her country in an Olympic event after 50 years since 1964. – See more at: http://philnews.ph/2014/02/18/anne-line-gjersem-fil-norwegian-figure-skater-compete-sochi-olympics/#sthash.9CtkkxDw.dpuf
the first Norwegian and the only figure skater to qualify for her country in an Olympic event after 50 years since 1964. – See more at: http://philnews.ph/2014/02/18/anne-line-gjersem-fil-norwegian-figure-skater-compete-sochi-olympics/#sthash.9CtkkxDw.dpuf
the first Norwegian and the only figure skater to qualify for her country in an Olympic event after 50 years since 1964. – See more at: http://philnews.ph/2014/02/18/anne-line-gjersem-fil-norwegian-figure-skater-compete-sochi-olympics/#sthash.9CtkkxDw.dpuf

25 thoughts on “NORWAY POLITELY DECLINES PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT’S OFFER OF FINANCIAL AID TO FILIPINO-NORWEGIAN OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATER”

  1. It is not surprising if most Filipinos would believe such absurd articles because the Philippine government have actually done absurd decisions a lot of times before.

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  2. It’s so silly and morbid to entertain such ridiculous notion like that 44k? WTF! TRY TO PUT YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS DUMB!. this incumbent president of the phils. really sucks! shame on you.

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  3. Kids, kids, relaaaaax! My goolay. Ang OA ng mga reaction niyo. Joke article lang kasi to, JOKE. Specifically, SATIRE. Search niyo yan sa google para naman hindi tayo nakakahiya. May “fill your head with sense and intelligence” pa kayong nalalaman eh hindi niyo nga marecognize na satire lang to. Hay nako Pilipinas…

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    1. I didn’t know that this was a satirical news, nor others knew. Otherwise we wouldn’t have reactions like those.
      And if I only knew it and have read the reactions of those who doesn’t, I will never criticize their freedom of expressions the way you did. But instead, I will let them know what I know in a polite way and not in a sarcastic way just because I knew something that others don’t.

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      1. Hmm.. fair point. Hehe. I’m truly sorry if I sounded judgmental and mean, it’s just frustrating to see how gullible we Filipinos can be. We need to stop believing everything we read on the net, no matter how well it is written. Kaya tayo madalas napapahamak eh. Damdamin palagi ang pinapairal. Di na masyado pinapractice ang critical thinking…

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    2. And the one you mentioned who said “fill with sense and intelligence” she was actually referring about “THE resources of money and riches of Norway, ” and NOT about this satirical news. Mr. Commentator, when you said “HAY Naku PILIPINAS” ,”OA” you are only talking about what you are, and shows HOW you think that makes you what you are. Mmmmm.. tsk tsk.. let’s just cheer for the both talented athletes. 😉

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  4. actually this administration just make it look worst.. Only representatives from your own country should be given support.. maybe norway thinks we want to pirate their athlete..

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  5. P44,000 is merely nothing if converted to euro. Is that all the Republic of Pnoy Yellow Government can afford compared to billions of money they have stolen every year?

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  6. It’s too late pnoy admistration. Your reputation is so BAD. You show to the world that you don’t care our Filipino people who were living outside our country. Bastard!!!

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  7. Damn! I live in Norway and P44,000 is NOTHING but just a centavo for norwegians. What the hell is the Phil.Gov’t is thinking? They should be ashamed of. There are a lot of hunger kids in Philippines, the calamities, its own Olympic skater Michael. Damn. It is soooooo embarassing!!

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      1. nakakaawa ka Pinoy, i agree with Marvel over 100% 44K pesos is nothing,,,,please fill your head with sense & intelligence. Find out about Norway’s resources & riches . Money is never a problem if you live in Norway. Should instead be polite when you reply a comment, it shows your personality !

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  8. if aquino offered that amount, it would be more of an insult, parang ganun lang kamura ang gagastusin sa figure skating to think that SM helped our boy Micheal with an amount of 150, 000 pesos parang kumbaga binigyan mo lang ng pangmeryenda.

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