Panalo ni Pacquiao vs. Rios, nagbigay inspirasyon at pagasa sa Yolanda survivors

admin   •   November 26, 2013   •   3610

Ang pagkapanalo ni Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao sa laban kontra Brandon Rios para sa World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International welterweight boxing title nitong Linggo, Nobyembre 24, 2013 sa Macau, China (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)

Ang pagkapanalo ni Pambansang Kamao Manny Pacquiao sa laban kontra Brandon Rios para sa World Boxing Organisation (WBO) International welterweight boxing title nitong Linggo, Nobyembre 24, 2013 sa Macau, China. Itinuturing din ng mga kababayan nating nasalanta ni Bagyong Yolanda ang pagkapanalong ito ni Pacquiao na pagkapanalo rin nila kontra sa kanilang sinapit na pananalasa. (REUTERS/Tyrone Siu)

MANILA, Philippines — Sandaling nakalimutan ng buong Pilipinas ang iniwang pinsala ni Super Typhoon Yolanda sa Visayas Region habang nakikipagsagupa si Cong. Manny Pacquiao kay Mexican-American boxer Brandon Rios.

Napuno ng sigaw ng kagalakan ang convention center sa Tacloban matapos na ianunsyo ng ring announcer na si Michael Buffer na panalo si Pacquiao via unanimous decision laban kay Rios sa WBO international welterweight title fight.

Ayon sa residenteng si Jacob Mado, dahil sa laban ay pansamantala niyang nakalimutan ang nararamdamang lungkot dulot ng nakaraang bagyo.

“It’s hard to explain because, because when he’s fighting you forget, you forget something that’s happened here. You don’t feel the sadness that’s happened here. You just feel happy.”

Walang bakas ng sakit sa mukha ng mga survivor sa bawat pagtama ng suntok ni Pacquiao kay Rios.

Naniniwala ang 70-anyos na si Filemon Corro, na nawalan din ng bahay dahil kay Yolanda na nagbibigay pag-asa sa mga tao sa Tacloban ang pagkapanalo ni Pacquiao.

“His win has given strength and confidence to the people, and helped us to forget the terrible things that happened here. Everything doesn’t seem as bad now.”

Nagset-up ang lokal na pamahalaan ng mga wide screen sa tatlong lugar sa Tacloban City at isa na rito ang nasirang paliparan kung saan naka-standby ang mga foreign at local aid worker at security forces.

Ang iba, nagdagsaan sa open field mapanood lamang ang kanilang idolo. Tanging ang mga plywood, cardboard at styrofoam scrap ang ginawang panangga sa sikat ng araw.

Mayroon ding umakyat pa sa puno o jeepney, para lamang masilip ang laban ni Pacquiao.

Ayon sa typhoon survivor na si Nenita Male, “it was a good fight by Pacquiao. He fought for the typhoon victims. He fought for us. We will rise again. Pacquiao lifted us up.”

Maging sa Marikina ay dumagsa ang may dalawang libong residente sa isang public park upang matunghayan ang laban.

“All of his fights are dedicated to Filipinos. That’s one asset of Manny — because of his good heart, the Lord granted him with blessings,” pahayag ni Cecilio Digamon.

Maliban sa pagiging isang boksingero, si Pacquiao rin ang congressman ng probinsya ng Sarangani.

Taos-puso namang nagpasalamat si Pacquiao sa lahat ng mga Pilipinong sumuporta sa kanya, at nangakong bibisitahin ang ating mga kababayang naapektuhan ng bagyo. (Bianca Dava / Ruth Navales, UNTV News)

Pacquiao advises Faeldon to take leave as BuCor chief

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 4, 2019

Senator Manny Pacquiao (left) and BuCor Chief Nicanor Faeldon (right)

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.

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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)

Senate commends Pacquiao for win vs Thurman

Robie de Guzman   •   July 23, 2019

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.

Palace: Pacquiao embodies Filipino spirit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 21, 2019

Philippine boxing legend, Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao | Courtesy: Reuters

Malacañang congratulates Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao for defending his WBA welterweight belt against Keith Thurman on Sunday (July 21).

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Pacquiao made the whole country proud. Pacquiao won in a split decision and knocked down Thurman in the first round.

“Pacquiao’s victory is not only his, but of the entire nation. As such, the Palace is one in rejoicing with the Filipino people as the Pambansang Kamao once again puts the flag above the pedestal with his display of tenacity and courage,” he said.

Meanwhile other lawmakers have sent their congratulations to the Pambansang Kamao.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) also joins the Filipino people in celebrating Pacquiao’s victory.

“We share the triumph of our People’s Champ with every Filipino who cheered and pray for this latest honor for the country,” according to their statement. “Senator Pacquiao not only brought honor and glory to the country but also inspired many Filipinos to excel in their work.”—AAC (With reports from Lea Ylagan, Rosalie Coz, Harlene Delgado, Grace Casin)

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