THIS TIME A DIFFERENT KIND OF HERO'S WELCOME FOR PACQUIAO AT PALACE
MANILA, Philippines, November 17, 2009 (STAR) By Paolo Romero - Malacañang said yesterday that newly crowned World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao would again be given a hero’s welcome but with a little twist considering that he set a record in his fight with Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto.
Deputy presidential spokesperson Anthony Golez said the protocol and appointments offices are preparing the welcome to be laid out for Pacquiao but could not give details.
“What we can say right now, because this is the seventh and different title for the Pacman, we will soon find out the plans,” he said.
He said he was not sure whether President Arroyo would confer Pacquiao with another citation.
The Senate, meanwhile, adopted five resolutions filed before the chamber that commends Pacquiao for his latest victory.
The Senate adopted the resolutions filed by Senators Manny Villar, Lito Lapid, Juan Miguel Zubiri, Francis Pangilinan and Noynoy Aquino to congratulate Pacquiao.
“Pacquiao brings great pride and inspires all Filipinos to excel in their undertakings to achieve success and world recognition even during challenging times,” Villar said.
The senator noted that Pacquiao’s technical knockout triumph over Cotto made him not only the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter today but also the first fighter to win world titles in seven divisions.
“Truly, Pacquiao is the greatest fighter of his era. Cotto even stated that Pacquiao is the best fighter he ever fought,” the senators agreed.
“Pacquiao brings great pride and inspires all Filipinos to excel in their undertakings to achieve success and world recognition even during challenging times,” the resolution read.
When asked what advice the Palace could give the boxing hero, who is also being egged to seek an elective post in the 2010 elections, Golez said, “Follow his heart.”
Pacquiao ran and lost to Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio in the battle for the congressional seat in the first district of South Cotabato in the 2007 elections.
Presidential economic spokesperson Gary Olivar said Pacquiao does not have anything more to prove in his boxing career. – With Christina Mendez
Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi
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