The people’s champion Manny Pacquiao appealed Monday for national unity as he called on politicians to stop indulging too much in politics for the sake of the country.
“Ako ay patuloy na nangangampanya para sa pagkakaisa ng ating bansa. Kung lagi nating ilalagay sa isip ang pulitika, hindi tayo aasenso hindi tayo uunlad,” Pacquiao said during a press conference he called before paying a courtesy call on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo this afternoon in Malacanang.
Manny said Filipinos should follow the political traditions of other countries such as the United States which put aside politics after the election.
“Sana magkaisa tayo hindi natin kailangang mag-away. Isipin natin ang kinabukasan natin, magkaisa tayo,” he said.
Pacquiao said the President stands as the country’s nanay (mother), whose decisions should be supported and respected by all.
“Ang mahal na Pangulo, kung baga sa isang pamilya, siya ang nanay natin. Dapat nating suportahan at igalang kung anuman ang maging desisyon niya,”Pacquiao said.
He said the President is known to him as a very religious person and he is but one of the many who supports her.
“Alam ko si Ma’am ay madasaling tao, nananalig sa mahal na Panginoon. Marami kaming sumusuporta ke Ma’am at sana makayanan niya ang lahat ng pagsubok sa buhay na ito,” he said.
PGMA leads Pacquiao induction into Boxing Hall of Fame
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo leads the induction ceremonies on Tuesday night of Philippine boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao into the prestigious Gabriel Elorde Boxing Hall of Fame.
The event is scheduled at the the Banquet of Champions Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel.
Sports luminaries and government officials join the President in enshrining the newly-crowned World Boxing Council (WBC) super featherweight champion.
Pacquiao, who wrested the WBC crown by split decision from Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez on March 16 in Las Vegas, will be the first entry in the Hall of Fame. He successfully met the non-governmental group’s stringent requirement of being recipient of the “Boxer of the Year Award” for seven years.
Elorde reigned as world junior lightweight champion for seven years, from 1960 to 1967. The extraordinary feat, which earned him accolades as one of the worlds greatest boxers of all time,got him a niche in the International Boxing Hall of Fame the first Filipino to be so honored after pre-war legend Pancho Villa.
The other 2007 boxer-of-the-year awardees to be honored are International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight champion Nonito Donaire, World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight titleholder Gerry Pena1alosa, IBF minimum weight titlist Florante Condes and WBO minimum weight king Donnie Nietes.