Mary Jane Veloso, Mount Bulusan erupts, Pacquiao’s game plan | The wRap
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- The Veloso family says the Filipino people helped them, not the government.
- Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon erupts.
- Manny Pacquiao does not intend to knock Mayweather out.
MARY JANE’S FAMILY TO AQUINO: TAUMBAYAN ANG TUMULONG
The family of Filipino worker Mary Jane Veloso is back in the Philippines.
Veloso’s mother Celia says her family is grateful for the overwhelming public support they received during their ordeal in Indonesia
when Mary Jane was scheduled to be executed by firing squad for drug smuggling.
But Celia denies the government helped save her daughter.
CELIA VELOSO, MOTHER OF MARY JANE VELOSO: Yung presidente natin. Hanggang sa ngayon po niloko pa rin kami. Dahil ang alam po namin siya ang gumawa ng paraan para makaligtas sa kamatayan ang anak ko. Hindi pala. Hindi po siya ang may gawa.
(It was not our President who made efforts to save my daughter from death row. We thought it was him, but it is not true.)
Mary Jane’s sister Darling remains defiant of Malacanang saying, “They gave up. It was the people who helped us.”
But in his Labor Day message, President Benigno Aquino promises to ensure the competitiveness and safety of Filipino workers.
Aquino says, “Wherever in the world they may be, the government is striving to address their needs, especially in the areas of education, training, and immediate assistance.”
Aquino asks the justice department to expedite the case against Veloso’s alleged recruiter, Maria Kristina Sergio.
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima says the National Bureau of Investigation 'is also trying to get the statements of the other victims.'
The justice department is investigating Sergio for illegal recruitment, estafa, and human trafficking.
MOUNT BULUSAN IN SORSOGON ERUPTS
One of the country's most active volcanoes erupts.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology or Phivolcs in Bicol region says the eruption of Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon began Friday past 8 in the morning.
Phivolcs volcanologist Ed Laguerta says,
“This is just a minor explosion. We’re closely monitoring the activity if it will escalate in the coming days.”
The ash explosion drifts toward the villages of Puting Sapa and Sangayon in Juban town
and the villages of Cogon, Gulang-Gulang, and Tinampo in Irosin town.
COMELEC RULES OUT MANUAL POLLS IN 2016
The Commission on Elections or Comelec rules out the possibility of conducting manual polls in 2016.
The decision comes more than a week after the Supreme Court nullified the contract between the Comelec and tech supplier Smartmatic
to repair 82,000 precinct count optical scan or PCOS machines.
Comelec Spokesperson James Jimenez says the agency narrows down its options to either bid out the PCOS refurbishment contract
or bid for around 63,000 new PCOS machines.
REFORM OR POWER PLAY? LINA REORGANIZES CUSTOMS
Newly appointed Customs Commissioner Alberto Lina transfers investigation head Leonardo Peralta to an office government insiders call the “freezer.”
Peralta was transferred without the knowledge of his superior, Customs Deputy Commissioner Jessie Dellosa.
Lina says the transfer is meant to reform the bureau.
But the new customs chief’s move indicates power play between him and Dellosa.
Peralta’s unit was investigating a company owned by Lina, which supposedly failed to pay about P1.5 billion in taxes and duties.
KO OF MAYWEATHER NOT PART OF PACQUIAO’S GAME PLAN
A couple of days before fight night, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach reveals team Pacquiao does not intend to knock out Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Roach says Pacquiao will outscore him by decision, and beat Mayweather with a “winning formula.”
FREDDIE ROACH, BOXING COACH: I really think we can win by decision here. And that’s what my game plan is. To outscore him. And use fast combinations.
Roach adds Pacquiao is well prepared for Mayweather.
FREDDIE ROACH, BOXING COACH: That’s something we should not do and what we worked on in training camp. So he’s well prepared for whatever Floyd brings and if Floyd wants to fight and we're ready for that.
In 2012, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Pacquiao
but Roach says the boxer did not lose anything.
FREDDIE ROACH, BOXING COACH: It’s part of life, it’s part of a boxer’s life to get knocked out that’s why Manny understands it so well and it doesn’t really bother him that much.
Shane Mosley, who fought both Mayweather and Pacquiao thinks it will come down to fighting styles.
SHANE MOSLEY, PROFESSIONAL BOXER: Manny throws a lot more punches but Floyd throws more accurate. We’re gonna see in this fight whose style is better.
Floyd Mayweather Sr. is confident in his son’s ability to win
but wants him to retire after the fight.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR. BOXING COACH: I think it’s best for any man that’s grown to do whatever they choose to do, whether it’s getting out the game or continue in the game down the line.
Mayweather Sr. hopes his son avoids the embarrassing defeats of boxing greats Roy Jones Jr, Sugar Ray Leonard and Muhammad Ali.
FLOYD MAYWEATHER SR. BOXING COACH: Basically I do think he should quit though, these are my thoughts. Because if you stick around, somebody’s gonna get you sooner or later.
Mayweather Jr earlier claimed he’s greater than Ali
but one of boxing’s greatest, Mike Tyson, disagrees.
“Greatness is not guarding yourself from the people, greatness is being accepted by the people. He can’t take his kids to school alone by himself.”
Tyson adds, he is “a very small scared man.”
Ali responds to Mayweather’s claims on Twitter saying “Don’t you forget, I am the greatest!”
Mayweather Jr. believes keeping his pocket full of cold cash is more important than being unbeaten in boxing. He says
“I do everything for my kids and I can say that the work I did for the past 19 years will take care of my kids and their kids for life.”
Mayweather is set to take home 60% of the super-fight’s revenue and receive a career-best of $180 million.
The showdown is projected to earn more than $300 million.
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