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)
Senator Manny Pacquiao has advised Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) Chief Nicanor Faeldon to take a leave-of-absence while facing investigation.
In a statement, Pacquiao said he believes in the integrity and honesty of Faeldon but the investigation on the alleged abuse of the Republic Act 10592 or the good conduct time allowance (GCTA) law needs Faeldon’s “full and undivided attention.”
“I know that Undersecretary Faeldon is a good man and has served his country well but I really think that he can spare the president and this administration from embarrassment by taking a leave-of-absence,” he said.
The Senate Blue Ribbon committee will continue the investigation on Thursday (September 5) on the said issue.
Meanwhile, Malacañang said Faeldon’s fate lies in President Rodrigo Duterte’s hands.
“That’s for the president to decide. I talked with him yesterday, and that’s what he told me: ‘There is an ongoing investigation and I’ll wait for the investigation,’” said Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Faeldon had previously said he will not resign as BuCor chief amid the controversy.—AAC (with reports from Grace Casin)
MANILA, Philippines – The Senate on Tuesday adopted a resolution commending boxing legend Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao for his victory over Keith Thurman.
The adopted Senate Resolution No. 20 takes into consideration the resolutions filed by Senators Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Ramon Bong Revilla, Jr., Juan Miguel Zubiri, Maria Lourdes Nancy Binay and Richard Gordon.
Pacquiao clinched the World Boxing Association (WBA) World Welterweight title when he bested Thurman in their fight held in Las Vegas, Nevada last July 21.
The resolution said Pacquiao should be honored for bringing “immense pride and joy to Filipinos the world over with his accomplishments as a boxer.”
“Outside the area of boxing, Senator Pacquiao has excellently fulfilled his constitutional duties as a Senator of the Republic, faithfully performing his functions as an outstanding public servant,” it added.
In reply to the commendation, Pacquiao thanked his colleagues for their support.
He said his latest win showed he can still put up a good fight with someone who is 10 years his junior.
“The abilities and skills I have are given by God. I believe that ability, skill and responsibility has a purpose and that purpose is to inspire the Filipino people to rise above their limitations and overcome their circumstances,” Pacquiao said.
With this purpose in mind, the lawmaker said he will continue his boxing career.
“There are many who say that there won’t be another Manny Pacquiao. But I believe that we have many boxers who are just waiting for an opportunity, waiting for our help. It is high time for us to invest on our boxing talents who are loaded with potentials. The so-called diamond in the rough can just be around the corner,” he added.
He also called on his fellow senators to support the proposed creation of the Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission, which he believes would pave the way for the Philippines to be known as the boxing and combat sports capital of Asia.
“I am ready to work with all of you in overcoming the challenges in the 18th Congress. Together as champions of the Filipino people, we shall emerge victorious and continue our fight for the country,” Pacquiao said.
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