TIMESMAN| Panay mali ang nakikita

THE LOSS of Manny Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight crown to practically unknown Jeff Horn in their “Battle in Brisbane” should not only be blamed on the reportedly incompetent referee,

the three judges, and the “oven-like” heat generated by the spotlights above the ring which hampered the movement of the Filipino champ.

Manny should also take the blame for ignoring the earlier statement by Horn who reporteldy had a dream of “rising in that ring with the belt in my waist.”

The alleged 300-member Pacman’ entourage from Manila who accompanied their idol to Australia, in addition to the rousing welcome by the Australians upon his arrival and loud cheers on the fight night might have also boosted Manny’s confidence that he will win.

I hope that the 300-man entourage to the Battle of Brisbane won’t blame themselves for the defeat of their idol.

For all we know, Manny and his team might have been lured into a trap.

Honestly speaking, in the earlier rounds, I already predicted the Pacman’s victory despite Horn’s ultra-aggressive style that rocked the Filipino champion several times. My confidence was only bolstered when the former school teacher was almost knocked down in the ninth round if the referee hadn’t gotten in the way.

In the many fights of the Pacman in the past, I never cheered for him and rooted for his opponents. But this time, I wished for his victory for I finally realized that he’s giving honor to the country.

And lastly, I wish that the Pacman listens to the advice to finally hang up the gloves. Even his wife Jinkee and trainer Freddie Roach told the Filipino legend to quit boxing. Retired Australian boxing great and three-time world champion Jeff Fenech also said that it’s time for Manny to quit.

“If they let Manny fight again, that’s stupid,” Fenech said.

Fenech is right, especially if they want the pambansang kamao to continue fighting not for honor but for the love of money. Stupid.

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Now that the Supreme Court has overwhelmingly endorsed the declaration of martial law and the suspension of the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus in Mindanao, I see no reason for the critics of this administration to continue challenging the constitutionality of the President’s declaration.

They can now use their talents either to reduce the 60-day period for martial rule or volunteer to fight the terrorists in Marawi.

Ang problema sa kanila puro mali ang nakikita at wala nang tama.

With the SC decision upholding martial law, it will boost the morale of our soldiers fighting the enemies since a number of them were already killed and wounded, while others continue to challenge death in the battlefield.

A nephew of my late wife who belongs to the first batch of soldiers sent to Marawi City after the declaration of martial law on May 23 was recently in town for R&R while waiting for his first child to be born.

He told me while we accidentally met at SM Lanang few days ago the horror of seeing bodies of fellow soldiers, terrorists and innocent civilians lying dead for weeks everywhere in the war zone while the city was being devastated.

“Uncle, di ko sana gustong pumatay ng kapwa Pilipino, pero kailangan para maipagtanggol ang aking sarili at mga kasama at ang bayan,” he told me while weeping tears from his eyes.

Okay lang, I said. Tungkulin mong ipagtanggol ang bayan.

He is now back in the war zone and as a parting shot, he requested me to pray for him and other soldiers in the field. He also requested me to look after his first child, a baby girl, which according to him is the inspiration for him to come back alive.

I told him not to worry. I promised to look after his family here while he is away.

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