Mga Kababayan at Kaanak ni Pacman sa Gensan, Naging Emosyunal; Mommy Dionesia, Pinagreretiro na ang Anak sa Boxing

admin   •   December 10, 2012   •   2647

Ang reaksyon ng mga kababayan natin sa General Santos City matapos mapabagsak ni Juan Manuel Marquez si People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao sa 6th round ng kanilang laban. PHOTO INSET: Sumubaybay din sa laban ng Pambansang Kamao sina Gensan incumbent Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio kasama ang kanyang ina na si Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chair Luwalhati Antonino. (PHOTOVILLE International / Ritchie Tongo)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Naging emosyunal ang mga kaanak at kababayan ni People’s Champ Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao sa General Santos City sa naging resulta ng kaniyang laban kontra Mexican boxer na si Juan Manuel “El Dinamita” Marquez kahapon (Disyembre 9) sa Las Vegas, Nevada.

Maaga pa lamang ay nakatutok na ang mga tao sa Gensan sa laban ng kanilang kababayang si Manny Pacquiao.

Maging ang mga kaanak at mahal sa buhay ni Manny ay all out support din sa pambansang kamao.

Ang ina ni Pacman na si Mommy Dionesia, bagama’t may pangamba ay kumpiyansa at naniniwalang mananalo ang anak kay Marquez.

“Parang sa isip may kaba, pero hindi naman matuloy, kumpiyansa ako, malaki ang pananalig ko sa Dios at sa anak ko.”

Ayon naman sa Tiyuhin ni Manny na si Poncio Dapidran: “Meron kaming pangamba ngunit konti lang, kasi tatlong beses silang naglaban, malaki ang kompiyansa namin.”

Bandang ala-una ng hapon dito sa Pilipinas nang magsimula ang laban, excited na nakatutok ang mga taga-suporta ng pambansang kamao, naghihiyawan pa ang mga ito nang makita sa screen ang idolo.

Maging si Gensan Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio, kasama ring nakasuporta sa laban ni Manny.

“More than any time now, I think it’s important for all of us Filipino to show our support for Manny.”

Ngunit pagdating ng Round 3, nagulat ang lahat nang matumba si Manny nang maabutan ng kamao ni Marquez, ngunit bumawi naman ang huli sa Round 5 dahil napatumba naman nito si Marquez.

Sa huling segundo ng Round 6, nagulantang ang mga manonood nang tamaan sa mukha si Pacquiao at nawalan ng malay.

Hindi napigilang mapaiyak ang nakakatandang kapatid ni Manny na si Liza Onding na awang-awa sa sinapit ng kapatid. Hiling nito na sana ay tumigil na sa boxing si Manny.

“Kawawa ka naman, sobrang hirap mo, nagpapakahirap ka para sa mga tao at sa amin, tama na.”

Naging emosyunal rin si Mommy Dionesia sa nangyari sa anak. Isinisisi nito ang pagpapalit ng relihiyon ni Manny kaya ito natalo sa laban.

Aniya: “Wala tayong magagawa, kagustuhan niya to, lalo na naglipat sila ng relihiyon.”

Sa kabila ng pagkatalo ni Manny, tanggap naman ng mga kaanak ni Manny ang kaniyang pagkatalo at pinayuhan ang mga fans na dapat rin nilang tanggapin ito dahil ginawa ng kanilang idolo ang lahat ng kanyang magagawa para manalo sa laban. (Adrian Cañete & Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Pacquiao seeks 1-year freeze on Philhealth premium rate hike for health workers

Robie de Guzman   •   May 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday said he has filed a resolution calling for a one-year suspension of the increase in Philippine Health Insurance (PhilHealth) premium contributions for healthcare workers amid the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) crisis.

In Senate Resolution 429, Pacquiao urged the Senate to call for the suspension of the increase in Philhealth premium rate for healthcare professionals for the year 2020 “as a token of gratitude” to their sacrifices amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The senator filed the resolution as Philhealth is poised to implement an increase in premium payments from 2.75% to 3% of its members’ monthly salary.

The increase is provided in the Universal Health Care Act, which provides for the automatic enrolment of all Filipino citizens in the government’s National Health Insurance Program. The law also mandates an annual increase in premium rate until it reaches 5% by 2024.

“The first year of the implementation of the increased rate of premium contributions, coincided with the advent and continuation of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Philippines,” the resolution read.

“This has constrained most, if not all, health care professionals and other health care workers in the country sacrificing and risking their well-being and even their lives, to help cure the afflicted and stem the surge of transmission of the disease caused by the Covid-19 virus,” it added.

Pacquiao also pointed out that the pandemic has resulted in the “disruption of the professional practice of the health care professionals concomitantly leading to the marked decrease in the income of health care professionals and related health care workers, and to some, even to the closure of their clinics.”

“Such a suspension may help these frontliners in a small way, but the recognition and expression of gratitude will go a little farther to support them moving forward,” he said.

The Philippine Medical Association (PMA) earlier called on the government to suspend the premium payment increase for medical workers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pacquiao urges public to support Filipino athletes, set aside SEA Games woes

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2019

Filipino Boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Boxing icon and Senator Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday called on Filipinos to show their support for Filipino athletes competing in the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and set aside issues on the reported shortcomings of the games’ organizing committee.

“Ang panawagan ko po sa ating mga kababayan, magkaisa po tayo, suportahan natin ang mga atleta natin kasi ito ang mukha natin, ito ang karangalan nating lahat,” Pacquiao said in a media interview at the Senate.

“Kung ano ‘yung problema saka natin pag-usapan, after ng SEA Games,” he added.

Pacquiao said bickering over supposed problems in logistics and accommodation, and other mishaps in the country’s hosting of the games will not help Filipino athletes to focus on the competition.

“Kapag lagi nating pinag-uusapan may mga problema tapos baka malaman ng mga atleta natin e hindi makadagdag, hindi makatulong sa kanila, iba kasi yung naka-focus yung mga atleta natin, marinig nila na nagkaproblema tayo dito, sa tingin ko makaka-distract sa kanila,” he said.

Pacquiao, meanwhile, advised Filipino athletes to trust in God and do everything they can to succeed in their fight.

He also urged SEA Games organizers to immediately address whatever problems being encountered by athletes and other delegates participating in the event.

“May pagkakataon pa para makabawi kung may pagkukulang man. Makabawi at maipakita sa ating mga bisita na tayong mga Pilipino ay magaling pagdating sa pag-estima ng mga bisita,” he said.

Pacquiao will be lighting the SEA Games cauldron in the opening ceremony which will be held at the Philippine Arena on Saturday, Nov. 30.

The said cauldron, which costs P50-million, has been among the issues plaguing the country’s hosting of the SEA Games. Photos of yet to be completed venues of sporting events also made rounds on social media.

Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) chairman Alan Peter Cayetano earlier said the delay in the approval of the 2019 national budget led to the mishaps encountered by the country.

Cayetano shared the view of Deputy Speaker Mikee Arroyo who blamed the Senate for the stalled budget passage.

But Senate President Vicente Sotto III refuted Cayetano, saying all problems in the budget stemmed from the House of Representatives.

Sotto cited the sudden shift in House leadership which also triggered changes in committee chairmanships.

House members in July 2018 voted to oust then-Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez to put Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo to the chamber’s highest post.

Sotto said the House normally submits the budget bill to the Senate before October 1 but the upper chamber only received the House-approved budget on Nov. 24, leaving the senators just a couple of weeks to go through its provisions before the Congress went on a holiday break.

He also noted that it was Senate Minority Leader Franklin’s recommendation that paved the way for the resolution of the budget impasse.

“Together and other members or leadership of the Senate at that time we’re ready for a reenacted budget because I will not affix my signature on something unconstitutional,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

2,000 employees fear for their livelihood after GenSan mall fire

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 18, 2019

For 13 years, Joe Dayaday has been an employee of Gaisano Mall in General Santos City. This has become his source of income to help his family get by.

On Wednesday (October 16), a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck parts of Mindanao which caused a fire at Gaisano Mall.

Huge flames torched the two-hectare mall that night, illuminating the surroundings as if the sun had never set.

It took 18 hours before authorities finally declared the fire out; it was around 1:00 p.m. on Thursday (October 17).

However, the mall was again engulfed in flames on Thursday night, leaving 90 percent of the establishment damaged.

The fire left an estimated P2 billion worth of damage, and that’s not counting the loss of livelihood it has brought to around 2,000 employees in Gaisano Mall.

As authorities finally declared fire out around 10:00 p.m. that Thursday night, uncertainty filled Joe’s heart.

“Maapektuhan talaga ang trabaho namin, marami kamung nagtatrabaho dito na maapektuhan, (Our jobs will be affected, a lot of us working here will be affected)” Joe said.

Uncertainty loomed over the 2,000 employees of Gaisano Mall, among whom is Hanzel Falalimpa.

Hanzel’s husband is currently in the hospital and it is up to her to support her family including her two children.

“Ako lang talaga ang nagtatrabaho sa amin ngayon tapos may dalawang anak pa ako, (I am the only worker in the family and I have two children)” she said. She is now at a loss where to find money for their daily needs and the hospital expenses of her husband.

Meanwhile, Joe is calling out to the government for assistance.

“Ang hiling namin sa pamahalaan sana matulungan kami na makahanap ng trabaho sa ibang kumpanya, (Our wish is for the government to help us find another job in other companies)” he said.

Assistant Department Head of City Social Welfare & Development Office GenSan Arabecque Batilong assured they will provide assistance to the employees affected by the fire.

“We gathered them sa G-Mall almost 2,000 silang empleyado. Mayroong mga ibang agencies whether private or government [that are] willing to employ them (We gathered them in G-Mall, almost 2,000 employees. There are other agencies whether private or government that are willing to employ them)” he said.—AAC (with reports from Janice Ingente)

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