LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid MOST READ President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates athletes who participated in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in a ceremony held in Malacañang on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo from an RTVM video)President Rodrigo Duterte urged on Wednesday the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to widen its scope of recruitment ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, following the sixth place finish of Filipino athletes in the recently concluded edition of the biennial sporting meet.“I enjoin the PSC to widen its scope and recruit nationwide,” Duterte said in a meeting with SEA Games medalists in Malacañang. “Look for them in nontraditional places and include members of the indigenous tribes and out-of-school youth.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LATEST STORIES READ: Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists“I express my heartfelt gratitude to the athletes who have represented us in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games,” Duterte said. “Through hard work and discipline, you have prevailed and made our nation proud.”Duterte urged the athletes “to focus on improving and to strive to do better in the next SEA Games.”“Rest assured that the government and the Filipino people will support [you] every step of the way,” he said. “Continue to represent the best of what the Philippines has to offer, here and abroad. Make us proud again.”/atmADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Let us give them a chance to hone their talent and live up to their fullest potential,” he added.The President said the country’s hosting of the 30th SEA Games in 2019 would be “an opportunity for us to look for talented Filipino athletes from all over the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines bagged 121 medals, including 29 golds, in the 11-country regional sporting meet.The medalists received cash incentives and a presidential citation.