AS the undisputed long jump queen, Elma Muros Posadas brought numerous awards and honors to the country in the 80s up to the 90s.
A proven winner, Muros bagged a total of 15 gold medals in the Southeast Asian Games from 1983 up to 2001.
But Muros-Posadas would readily give the honor to medical personnel, health workers, policemen and other frontliners now serving the country in the fight against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
"Ang mga frontliners -- doktor, nurses, policemen, security people and supermarket/grocery workers -- ang tunay na gold medalists ng buhay natin, "said Muros-Posadas in a statement posted on the official Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) website.
"Sila ang mga tunay na bayani sa panahon ngayon," added the 53-year-old pride of Magdiwang, Romblon.
It has been more than a month since the government imposed the enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of the disease.
And while most people are told to stay at home, most of these frontliners stayed at work to provide basic services.
"They say 'Not all heroes wear capes, some wear lab coats. It's true in the case of our frontliners who have been our heroes against COVID-19, fulfilling their sworn oath to serve the nation regardless of the situation," claimed Muros-Posadas.
“Sa mga frontliners po natin na mga pulis, nurses, military, atleta, doctor, at sa lahat po na nagtutulong-tulong para sa ating sambayanang Pilipinas, maraming-maraming salamat po sa inyo. Kayo ang gold medalist ng buhay namin. Hero namin kayo,” said Muros-Posadas.
“Kung kaming atleta ay nagbibigay ng karangalang medalya para sa ating bansa, ito sobra pa sa medalya ang ibinibigay ninyo – buhay na po ang itinataya ninyo. Saludo po kami sa inyo. Maraming salamat po.” she added.
A two-time Olympic Games campaigner in 1984 and 1996, Muros-Posadas said fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is far different from those battles she have won in the past.
“Ito ibang labanan. Kailangan ay may disiplina, tiyaga at pasensya tayo kasi itong kalaban natin ay hindi natin nakikita. Walang imposible kay God. Laban natin itong lahat. Para maging champion tayo, magkaisa tayo para mawala na yung COVID-19.” said Muros-Posadas.
She also expressed her gratitude to President Duterte and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chairman William Ramirez for extending their help to Team Philippines, frontline workers and to the Filipino people during this COVID crisis.
“Maraming salamat kay President Duterte at kay PSC Chairman Ramirez. Good heart talaga si Chairman. Nakita ko sa kanya na nandyan talaga yung puso nya sa sports. Saludo po ako sa inyo. Sana gabayan pa sila ng Diyos at bigyan ng mahabang buhay.” said Muros-Posadas.