The Palace on Sunday, November 6, called Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao a “national treasure” after winning the welterweight championship and encouraged Filipinos to “demonstrate the same qualities” in government’s fight against drugs, criminality and corruption.
“The discipline, the determination and the hard work of our People’s Champ are truly make him National Treasure in Global Sports,” Palace said in a statement from the Office of the Communications Secretary.
Pacquiao reclaimed the belt from Vargas via unanimous decision.
“Once’s again, Manny’s triumph united and brought joy to our people and our nation,” the Palace said.
The Palace also recognized the “honor” that Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire has given the country despite losing the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Junior Featherweight title to Jessie Magdaleno.
“This, however, would not diminish the honors he bestowed to the people and to the flag,” the Palace said.
The Palace said that the “courage and grit” that Pacquiao and Donaire showed are “the same qualities we must demonstrate as a nation” to eradicate illegal drugs, criminality and corruption.
“Government has been successfully waging a war on these fronts and we as a people- emulating our boxers’ toughness against all odds—must continue the strong gains as we battle towards victory,” the Palace said.
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