- Manny Pacquiao revealed Mindanao is safer due to President Rodrigo Duterte’s martial declaration
- Mindanaoan senator also showed support for Digong’s request over martial law extension
- Top Rank promoter Bob Arum hinted Pacquiao’s return to the boxing ring
It is no secret that President Rodrigo Duterte wants to extend the martial law declaration in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2018. Even though there are many who are opposing the request, Senator Manny Pacquiao is definitely supporting it.
KAMI learned that Pacquiao is in favor of the martial law extension in Mindanao because Mindanaoans feel much safer with the implementation of it. According to KickerDaily, the 38-year-old boxing champ-turned-politician supported Duterte’s request because there seemed to be no problem in the region and they can go out even without bodyguards.
“Taga-General Santos ako, wala namang problema,” Pacquiao said in an interview, as per GMA News. “Mas masaya nga kami sa martial law ng Mindanao dahil safe kami, nakakalabas kami, naglalakad kami nang wala kaming bodyguard.”
Pacquiao added that martial law is not even felt there. He stressed that there are no problems and military abuses have been reported since the military rule was imposed in the Southern Philippine islands.
The neophyte senator also said that the one-year extension doesn’t seem too long. Meanwhile, this is the not the first time that President Duterte requested for the martial extension.
In fact, the Congress approved Digong’s request to extent the military rule in Mindanao until Dec. 31, 2017 during a special Congress session on July 22.
In other Pacquiao related reports, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum hinted the possibility of Pacman’s boxing ring comeback following his defeat against Jeff Horn last July in Brisbane. Daily Mail reported that Pacquiao will have a mandatory fight with Terence Crawford upon his return.
“I think Pacquiao is going to return to the ring,” Arum said. “Terence Crawford will be the mandatory for this fight. The biggest building in Las Vegas is on hold for this fight.”
Meanwhile, Pacquiao also had a rematch clause for the fight against Horn. Unfortunately, the Filipino senator has not yet committed to a date or venue.
As Sen. Pacquiao insists that martial law is making Mindanao safer, KAMI has also made a social experiment Youtube video titled, "Would You Steal Money from a Blind Man?" The video shows whether people with disabilities are safe against crimes in the country or not.