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After Manny Pacquiao, Then What

After Manny Pacquiao, Then What?
Ronald Roy  — July 1, 2008

       At 4:30 a.m. last Thursday, I received a call from a friend telling me that, according to a CIA agent and an active American naval officer, Republican presidential candidate John McCain would avoid seeing Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the course of her trip to the United States, and that, as if on cue, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama would do the same. Published events indicate he was right.

       I think the reasons for the US candidates’ keeping the international social climber beyond the reach of a ten-foot pole need not be belabored.  Merely agreeing to talk with the reputedly most corrupt president in Asia would negatively impact on their electoral chances, not to mention the woman’s notorious penchant to flirt with nuclear war by engaging communist China in military and dishonest business ties.

       She spends public funds to rub elbows with the famous, the beautiful and the rich, and to stand on the world stage with state heads, even as death and ruin lie in the wake of national disasters.  Poor Sen. Obama, who has been shown up by Filipino Ambassador Marciano Paynor, Jr., Consul General to San Francisco, as the one asking for a meeting with the social moth from Lubao, Pampanga when he touched base with her by phoning her at her luxurious Waldorf Astoria suite — putting her in a state of ecstasy. Verily, with all that megalomania, she gives great dishonor to the humble birthplace of her esteemed late father. It’s not surprising that her social crudities got her a twenty-minute meeting on the gracious Sen. John McCain. Heaven forbid this woman who plans on staying around up to Armageddon!

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       #0104, consider this scenario. A city mayor declares all-out war against drug lords, murderers, thieves and other felons.  Police raids on their known lairs take place, resulting in death and injuries to those resisting arrest with weapons.  Then, suddenly, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) releases a pastoral letter condemning this anti-crime program, preaching that, instead, non-violent methods should be pursued, with the added stress that Christian love, not imprisonment, is the answer.

       Now, #0104, if you agree to this priestly method, then by all means let’s release all prisoners and close down all penal institutions.  But if you don’t, why then do you endorse the CBCP’s denunciation of government’s plan to “crush banditry” in certainMindanaoareas, as if some fundamentalist Muslim decapitators were benign compared to criminals elsewhere? I wonder if the CBCP will not mind sending a Sister and two Fathers (ala Ces Drilon team) to the heart of Abu Sayyaf country on a mission for Christian conversion without police escorts.

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       From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Manila time, not only in Las Vegas, Nevadabut elsewhere around the world, the Philippine flag waved high and proud, as Filipinos witnessed fistic history.  Even the most notorious criminals remained remarkably united. They were all at ringside.  Personally, I was deliriously cheering until I choked at the sight of Lito Atienza and Chavit Singson atop the ring.

       An incredibly masterful series of ambidextrous jabs, straights, hooks and uppercuts ended it for challenger Manny Pacquiao in 2 minutes and 24 seconds of the 9th  round over WBC World Lightweight Champion David Diaz.  A simple physics equation, Force Equals Mass Times Velocity, had earlier made me choose the Pacman as winner by K-O between the fifth and eighth rounds.  I had figured that Manny would climb the ring at well over 140 pounds — which he actually did — thereby adding to the mass behind his punches.  This augmented mass would then more than compensate for a slight diminution of velocity (hand speed), which would hardly matter because Diaz is a terribly slow pugilist. 

       There are innumerable attributes that make up the unique athlete that Manny Pacquiao is.  Conceivably, he is the best pound-for-pound pugilist ever in the sport’s history who will become, in all likelihood, the first boxer to hold world titles in 5 different weight categories within this year. In a sense, Manny is what’s holding Filipinos together. But after him, then what?

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       Here’s a contribution from Leslie Bocobo, author of SYERAP FILES. Fuming mad, Gloria called up the Philippine Coast Guard and the Sulpicio owners to demand why the ship was allowed to sail out.  They uniformly replied, “We thought you were on board, Madam!”


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