By Recah Trinidad, Phil. Daily Inquirer
There were only three modern-day Filipinos worthy of representing the country in the world’s hall of noble people: Carlos P. Romulo, Cory Aquino and Manny Pacquiao.
This was the honest belief of sportsman Rudy Salud, an accomplished lawyer and sharp reader of character.
The other day, Salud, who crafted the constitution and by-laws of the World Boxing Council as that organization’s founding secretary-general, said Pacquiao was hardly noble in his dealings with the television network he had originally contracted to air his fights, mainly the next big one against Ricky Hatton in May.
But Salud said it’s still worth keeping Pacquiao in the list of truly noble people for the “glory he has brought to our country with his boxing prowess.”
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Just the same, Salud said Pacquiao may have to be assessed a demerit after he failed to honor his unwritten pact with the Filipino people.
No, this pact was not like the one which Pacquiao had tried to dishonor last week.
This contract says that, as a national treasure, Pacquiao has a duty to protect his character and the image of poor Filipinos, which he represents on the international stage.
For the record, Pacquiao, has since mercifully restored the pact he had rescinded with Solar Sports.
He had also asked forgiveness and was, in fact, ready to be forgiven.
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However, in another selfish twist, Pacquiao made matters worse.
He refused to own up to the act and instead accused ABS-CBN as the culprit behind his misdemeanor.
ABS-CBN has clearly demonstrated to the public that it was not at fault, thereby exposing Pacquiao to ridicule.
Now, regarding Pacquiao’s pact with his poor kababayans (countrymen), it goes without saying that the world boxing icon has also been made the depository of the poor Pinoys’ sagging aspirations.
Our countrymen, naturally, could not bear to see Pacquiao, their Temple of Hope, suffer an unexpected fall in full view of the world.
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There have been cries of despair over Pacquiao’s sad fate.
TED TIU: A good name, say the Proverbs, is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold. How can people be so GREEDY?
GREGORIO BULATAO: Pacquiao lost the loyalty of fans due to his tarnished integrity—the same fate hounding his most maligned endorser in the Palace by the Pasig.
JOSEPH DUMUK: It is very disappointing to note that even Manny Pacquiao seems to have caught that abominable disease that caused the current global crisis: Unrestrained Greed.
VIC RODRIGUEZ: For the nth time, Pacquiao has been unmasked. As they say, you may have all the money in the world but you can never buy Good Character and Values. Is this the “Nation’s Hero” who, as some sectors have proclaimed, is worth emulating? I don’t think so.
JEFF DE GUZMAN: The reaction here in America is just as harsh as that in the Philippines. They find him greedy. He has become a swell-head. Maybe he thought he could make Pinoys follow him any which way he goes. He’s now a laughing stock here.
DENNIS FILART: If Mang Nano (Pugo) were still around, he would have said: DASALASANANSENS. How could you do such a do? Pacquiao has an illusion that he holds the world in his fists. Ha, ha.
PAT PINOL: Food for thought for Manny Pakyaw: There’s enough in the world for everyone’s need, but not enough for Pacman’s greed.
ANTHONY ANDALES: I understand why Manny Pacquiao can’t go home again. We too can’t accept him anymore in our hearts.
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Meanwhile, Salven Lagumbay, boxing chronicler and international boxing judge, reports there has been an upheaval, a sort of mutiny in Pacquiao’s own Pacland website.
“Manny is also being hit in Pacland. Most of his fans were pissed off by his lack of integrity.”
That’s all for now.
We will wait for commentaries from those who sincerely still love Pacquiao