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Byline: Michael Angelo S. Murillo
One of the local broadsheets aptly put it when it described the Philippines' fifth-place finish in the recent Southeast Asian Games in Laos as a "fighting fifth." Amid the many issues and adversities the contingent had to put up with before and during the biennial meet that drew to a close last Friday, it still gave a good fight and wound up making the country proud.
With its 38-35-51 gold-silver-bronze medal haul, the Philippine team improved on its sixth-place finish in the previous SEAG in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2007. In fact, if not for the scrapping of some disciplines we are traditionally strong at, due to "budgetary" and …