Pacquiao announces retirement from boxing

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 29, 2021   •   422

MANILA, Philippines—Senator Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao on Wednesday (September 29) said he will hang up his gloves for good as he announced his retirement from boxing.

With 62 wins, eight losses, and two draws, Pacquiao has become a boxing legend and has brought pride not just to his family but also to Filipinos.

In a video posted on his Facebook page, the 42-year-old said he has heard the final bell and will bid his final goodbye to boxing.

“It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today I am announcing my retirement. Goodbye boxing,” Pacquiao said.

In a statement, the people’s champ said he is grateful for his accomplishments and the opportunity to inspire. He also expressed his gratitude for those who made sacrifices to help him in his boxing journey, especially to Zardo Mejia, who taught him how to box. He also thanked Freddie Roach who has been his trainer for years.

Pacquiao, in his boxing career, earned 12 major world titles in eight different weight divisions. He also holds the record for being the only boxer to hold titles in four different decades, and become the oldest fighter to win a world welterweight title. Out of his 62 wins, 39 were by knockout and 23 by decision.

He thanked boxing for changing his life.

“When my family was desperate, you gave us hope, you gave me the chance to fight my way out of poverty. Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you, I have been given the courage to change more lives. I will never forget what I have done and accomplished in my life that I can’t imagine. I just heard the final bell. The boxing is over,” Pacquiao said. AAC

 

Presidential bets send help to address potable water shortage in Odette-hit areas

Maris Federez   •   December 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirants Isko Moreno, Bongbong Marcos, Manny Pacquiao, and Leni Robredo individually sent assistance to areas severely hit by Typhoon Odette and addressed the problem of not having sufficient drinking water in these areas.

Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso on Monday said he sent a team from the Manila Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) to Cebu City to help in the clearing operations in the area and provide clean drinking water with the use of the water filtration machine that the team brought.

MDRRMO Director Arnel Angeles said water tankers went around the city to provide the needs of Cebu City residents for potable water.

Former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, on the other hand, sent gallons of drinking water and filtration kits to the victims of Typhoon Odette.

Marcos noted the importance of filtration kits as residents in the typhoon-hit areas were left without a good source of clean drinking water.

He said this is the same problem that was seen and experienced by his team when they sent help to areas ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

The BBM-Sara tandem promised to continue sending assistance to the areas that were hit by Odette.

Meanwhile, Senator Manny Pacquiao expressed concern over the effects of the shortage of drinking water on the health of the people in the typhoon-ravaged areas.

He said that he has been receiving reports that people in these areas were rendered helpless and just get drinking water from unsafe sources.

Pacquiao said that his team is scouting from suppliers of water filtration systems and portable toilets to be set up in evacuation centers.

Vice President Leni Robredo, in the meantime, said she will send 30 tons of drinking water to the provinces of Cebu and Bohol.

Robredo thanked her volunteers who helped and sent assistance to the typhoon victims. —/mbmf (from the report of UNTV Correspondent Nel Maribojoc)

Duterte withdraws VP bid, announces retirement from politics

UNTV News   •   October 2, 2021

 

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday announced his withdrawal from the vice presidential race in 2022 and his retirement from politics when his term ends in June.

Duterte made the statement as he accompanied Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go who filed for candidacy as vice president under the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino – Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).

“In obedience to the will of the people, who, after all, placed me in the presidency many years ago… I now say, sa mga kababayan ko, sundin ko ang gusto ninyo. Today, I announce my retirement from politics. Salamat po sa inyong lahat,” Duterte said.

According to the Chief Executive, he was heeding public sentiment that his vice-presidential bid violates the Constitution.

“The universal sentiment of the Filipino has been reflected in the different surveys and in many forums, caucuses, and meetings to discuss what should I do in my life. The overwhelming sentiment of the Filipino is that I am not qualified and it would be a violation of the Constitution to circumvent the law, the spirit of the Constitution,” Duterte said.

The President was referring to the Social Weather Stations survey conducted in June which showed that 60% of adult Filipinos believe “the proposal that President Rodrigo Duterte should run for vice-president in the 2022 election violates the intention of the Constitution, which should first be amended before he may run for office again.”

 

Manny Pacquiao files COC for president with Lito Atienza as VP for 2022 polls

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Senator Manny Pacquiao on Friday formalized his bid to seek the presidency in the 2022 national and local elections.

Pacquiao filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) for the May 2022 polls with Buhay party-list Representative Lito Atienza as his running mate.

Pacquiao was accompanied by his wife, Jinkee, and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel when he filed his COC around 8:53 a.m.

 In a press conference after his COC filing, Pacquiao said he and Atienza will run under the PROMDI Party and not PDP-Laban due to infighting with the faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

He said the PROMDI Party is included in the MP3 alliance forged with the People’s Champ Movement and the PDP-Laban.

“Sapagkat may problema po ang ating partido na PDP, minabuti na lang po, napagkasunduan po na PROMDI ang gagamitin naming partido,” he said.

Pacquiao also explained on why he tapped Atienza as his running mate for the coming polls.

“More than 50 years ang kanyang pagseserbisyo sa taumbayan, at nakita ko yung sinseridad niya, at eksperto niya at hangarin na makatulong sa sambayanan hindi lamang nung sa Metro Manila nung kapanahunan niya kung paano niya binago ang lungsod ng Maynila,” he said.

Pacquiao and Atienza are the first aspirants to file their COCs for presidency and vice-presidency, respectively for the 2022 polls.

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