Pacquiao: Sarangani needs my help
Reeling from a controversial loss, boxer and Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao arrives in the Philippines to help his flood-hit constituents

HELPING SARANGANI. Boxer Manny Pacquiao returns to the Philippines to help his flood-hit province. Screen grab from Rappler's "The Gospel of Manny Pacquiao"

MANILA, Philippines – He is back in the Philippines and ready for action in flood-hit Sarangani province.

Kailangan nila ang tulong ko,” said boxing champ and Sarangani Rep Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao upon arriving in the Philippines on Saturday, June 16. (They need my help.)

Pacquiao referred to the effects of a flash flood from continuous rains in Sarangani that has left 31 people missing, based on the latest data from the Philippine Army. The incident has also affected up to 1,335 families or 5,837 individuals, the Philippine Army’s 10th Infantry Division said. (Read: 31 still missing in Sarangani flash flood.)

To help Sarangani, Pacquiao noted he left his family in the United States, cutting short his vacation. “Balikan ko ang pamilya ko ‘pag tapos na ang problema sa Sarangani,” Pacquiao said in a press conference reported on by radio dzBB. (I will return to my family once the problem in Sarangani is over.)

‘Winner for God’

On his loss to Bradley, Pacquiao said it is not a “problem” for him. “Okay lang… panalo ako sa puso ng tao. Panalo ako sa puso ng Panginoon,” Pacquiao said. (It’s okay… I’m a winner in the hearts of the people. I’m a winner in the heart of the Lord.)

The boxer then thanked his supporters. “Tingin ko kalimutan natin ang nangyari. Tanggapin natin nang buong puso,” he told them. (I think we should forget what happened. Let us accept it wholeheartedly.)

“I’m so happy and excited because God has a good plan for me,” Pacquiao added. “And my plan is not good but His plan is good and I’m excited for that.” 

Pacquiao, who calls himself a changed man, explains his conversion in Rappler’s “The Gospel of Manny Pacquiao.” (Watch more in the video below.)