Pols to Pacquiao: Thanks for lifting Pinoy spirit after Yolanda


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Manny's victory in this fight serves as the well of hope and inspiration of the entire nation after Typhoon Yolanda slammed a huge part of the Visayas, Malacañang says

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – On Sunday, November 24, Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao fought to redeem himself after a devastating loss last year, while the rest of his country – also fighting to recover from the destruction wrought by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) – watched. 

His colleagues in Congress knew all too well what was at stake in his fight against American boxer Brandon Rios at the Cotai Arena in Macau.

In the end, Pacquiao defeated Rios via unanimous decision. 

Pacquiao’s friend, Sen JV Ejercito watched the fight in Macau. 

Meanwhile, his House colleague, Marikina Rep Miro Quimbo, showed his support from home.

Valenzuela Rep Sherwin Gatchalian had a message for Rios. 

When the officials finally announced that Pacquiao had emerged victorious, congratulatory messages from public officials poured in – each thanking Pacquiao for lifting Filipinos’ spirit at a time it was most needed.



Eastern Samar Rep Ben Evardone, whose district was one of those hardest-hit by Typhoon Yolanda, said Pacquiao’s win is a big morale booster. 

Sen Sonny Angara also extended his congratulations to his “friend and former colleagues: “Like our ‘boxing hero’ and ‘Pambansang Kamao’, Filipinos no doubt will get up and rise again. We have proven that in the past and we are going to prove it again before the eyes of the world.”

Meanwhile, former president and now Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, who watched the match live in Macau personally congratulated Pacquiao: “The victory of Manny is the victory of the Filipino people so on behalf of the Filipino people, I would like to thank Manny for this victory today. This will serve as a source of hope for millions of Filipinos, especially those who were badly affected by Typhoon Yolanda and other past disasters. Just like Manny, the Filipino people will rise, fight and succeed.”

VP, President congratulate Manny 

Malacañang said the entire Philippines is cheering for Pacquiao. 

“Manny’s victory in this fight serves as a source of strength and inspiration for the entire nation, after Typhoon Yolanda devastated a large part of the Visayan region. It is our hope that the principle that guides him in each fight does not change: that every punch he throws, is a punch for the honor of our people,” the Office of the Presidential spokesperson said in a statement. 

Vice President Jejomar Binay thanked Pacquiao for dedicating his win to the Filipino people. 

“He is an inspiration to his kababayans and a reminder that the Filipino can rise above adversity and weather any storm,” Binay said. – Angela Casauay/Rappler.com

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