Saturday, May 7, 2011

AFP joins the People’s Champ in fight against poverty

by Jell E. Guzman

Philippine Information Agency, Saturday, May 7, 2011

QUEZON CITY, May 7 (PIA) – Tomorrow, May 8, the whole nation will again be watching one of the biggest boxing match of the year.

And to show their support to their idol, the Armed Forces of the Philippines will have a free live viewing of the people’s champ and pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao’s fight against former world welterweight champ Sugar Shane Mosley.

Armed Forces chief Eduardo SL Oban Jr. said the AFP believes that what makes Manny’s fight more relevant to the people is not about winning another championship belt, but because his fight is a symbol of the Filipino’s battle against poverty.

“His fight implies that there is no greater victory than winning over poverty that breeds insurgency,” said Oban.

Oban also said that the AFP is one with the Filipino people in supporting Pacquiao, who is also a military reservist and continues to inspire thousands of Filipino soldiers who are ready to sacrifice their lives to win peace.

The free live viewing will be open to all AFP personnel, to include civilian personnel, retired soldiers, as well as their dependents and other viewers.

Venues will be at the AFP Wellness Center and at the AFP Grandstand in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City; Philippine Navy Multi-Purpose Hall at Roxas Boulevard, Manila; Philippine Army Gymnasium in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City; and at the Philippine Air Force Gymnasium at the Villamor Air Base in Pasay City.

Meanwhile, soldiers confined at the AFP Medical Center in V. Luna, Quezon City will also have a chance to watch the much-awaited boxing match at the V. Luna Auditorium.

At least 10,000 boxing enthusiasts are expected to watch the Pacquiao-Mosley fight in the different venues prepared by the AFP.


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