Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.


Thursday, March 20, 2008

GenSan Prepares Red Carpet Welcome for Pacquiao

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Setting aside politics, the city government has announced a red carpet welcome for Asian boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao.

Pacquiao, who grabbed the World Boxing Council Super featherweight title from Juan Miguel Marquez, is a political opponent of Mayor Pedro Acharon.

The boxer ran and lost in the 2007 congressional elections against Acharon party mate Darlene Custodio. Acharon and Pacquiao used to be close friends.

Ernesto Quisay, Acharon’s chief of staff, said on Wednesday that the city government was preparing for Pacquiao’s expected homecoming on March 24.

He said like the rest of the nation, officials and residents here were also excited to see Pacquiao home after his bout with Marquez.

Quisay said compared with previous homecoming events for Pacquiao, this would be “bigger” because he was now a world title-holder.

He said the Filipino ring idol would be met at the airport by a welcoming party led by city officials.

“There will be activities and presentations at the airport before (the) motorcade,” he said.

Based on the plan, the motorcade will wind up at the Oval Plaza covered court here, where a welcome program and a press conference will be held.

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