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Palace commends Pacquiao for his win

MANILA, Philippines – The Palace praised Manny Pacquiao for his new WBO welterweight crown after his victory via unanimous decision against Jessie Vargas in Las Vegas, today.
Here is the full statement from the Office of the Communications Secretary:
“Nagpapasalamat ang Palasyo sa hindi matatawarang suportang ipinagkaloob ng ating mga kababayan sa oras ng tagumpay at maging sa panahon ng pagkabigo ng ating mga boksingero.
Once again, Manny’s triumph united and brought joy to our people and our nation.
The discipline, the determination, and the hard work of our People’s Champ are truly what make him a National Treasure in Global Sports.
Nonito Donaire’s quest to be the ‘king in the ring’ unfortunately did not materialize. This, however, would not diminish the honors he bestowed to the people and to the flag. He remains “The Filipino Flash” with his quick hand speed and formidable punching power.
The courage and grit displayed by our Filipino boxers in Las Vegas are the same qualities we must demonstrate as a nation to rid society of 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.
Mabuhay ang Pilipino! Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!”

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.