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Pacquiao hands money, food and Bibles to Philippine typhoon victims

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 5:20pm
UPDATED : Sunday, 01 December, 2013, 5:20pm

Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao handed out Bibles, tinned food and cash on Sunday to lift people’s spirits in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan.

The former eight-title world champion toured the central island of Samar with his own aid caravan after spending the night on Saturday in a tent city in the town of Guiuan, the first town to be struck by the typhoon, an AFP reporter with the convoy saw.

Pacquiao attended a prayer meeting in Guiuan early on Sunday with survivors, and later handed out Bibles and food packages containing rice, noodles and tinned meat.

“Let us find hope in God’s Grace to help us get back on our feet and recover from the devastation,” he said.

In two instances during the drive around the devastated areas of Samar, Pacquiao had the convoy stop at coastal communities where homes had been torn to pieces by the typhoon’s winds of up to 315 kph and tsunami-like storm surges.

He handed out 1,000-peso (HK$177) bills each time to families who are now living in makeshift shelters.

Haiyan left nearly 7,400 people dead or missing, with more than four million others displaced, according to an official tally.

Pacquiao, who is also a second-term member of the House of Representatives with ambitions to run for president someday, is scheduled to lead the aid caravan to neighbouring Leyte island on Sunday night.

He lifted the country’s spirits a week ago with a comeback victory over American boxer Brandon Rios in Macau, following three straight defeats that had raised speculation the 34-year-old’s boxing career was over.

Pacquiao, the only man to win world boxing titles in eight different weight divisions, made the trip despite complaining on Tuesday that the government’s Bureau of Internal Revenue had frozen all his bank accounts, forcing him to borrow money to buy relief goods.

The bureau is threatening Pacquiao with a US$50 million (HK$388 million) bill for unpaid taxes in 2008 and 2009, saying it may otherwise seize his assets.

The boxer says he paid the appropriate taxes in the United States, where the money was earned.

Pacquiao, a former street kid, was listed last year by Forbes magazine as the 14th highest-paid athlete globally, with an estimated US$34 million in earnings.


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No matter what you guys say about him he went into the ring, fought with his life & gave his hard earned winnings to his compatriots in distress. That's really noble in any sense. I wiah we had someone similar in HKG.
Meron bang Politician na kayang gawin ang ginagawa ni Pacquiao? NI presidente o Vice President, wala, Si Binay nga ginagamit pa ang donation ng iba sa panganlan niya, repack lang naman ang mga iyon. Maraming nainggit kay Pacquiao kasi mabango siya sa tao dahil matulungin siya at galing talaga sa puso niya di tulad ng karamihan na politiko mga walang kuwenta. Pina hold ang bank withdrawal niya para hindi siya makatulong sa mga biktima. nainsecure sila kaya pinaki alaman nila ang action niya sa pagtulong ng mga nasalanta.
A professional boxer aiming to be President of the Philippines. An optimistic outlook for the Philippines? (On second thought, a B-list actor became President of the US, so I suppose it is all right.)
Paul Christensen
Sadly, unless and until the people of The Philippines learn that religion is part of the problem, not part of the solution, it will continue to be an utterly failed country. It is, as Karl Marx said, "the opium of the masses" and it **** them up just as badly.
By Flipkids Kuya
What is the message the Philippine government is sending to the Filipino masses who dares to dream big as inspired by the great success Manny Pacquiao has shown them by example?
Pacquiao's message is clear " If I can do it, you can do it too so I dare you to dream big as I have" " Ang Laban na Ito ay para as iyo "....
In this case that the BIR is relentlessly going after the Pacquiao wealth is also sending a clear message to the common Filipino man.
The Government is clearly saying: " Don't dare to dream big, don't dare to make your mark in the world stage and bring honor to your fellow Filipino people like Pacquiao is doing. Stay where you are as a simpleton and don't dare inspire others to pursue great wealth and success." " Learn from the example B.I.R. made out of Manny Pacquiao that if you dream big and step up to the world stage and dare to bring honor to your people, that we will penalize you for daring to be successful with heavy taxes and penalties more than any one Filipino could ever bear, and we will make sure that we put you back in your place by taking away your wealth and send you back to the poor state where you started if you ever dare..."
As Filipinos, a people of dignity and honor as the world sees us, we should honor and respect inspirational people and true leaders like Manny Pacquiao. We should abandon classism, and reject the bad attitude coming from the traditional elite and old money of the Philippine wealthy class.


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