Friday, May 6, 2011

Military vows to be on alert while watching Pacquiao fight

By Dona Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer, Friday, May 6, 2011

MANILA, Philippines—The Armed Forces of the Philippines said soldiers, especially those in the frontlines, would still be vigilant during Manny Pacquiao's fight against Shane Mosley on May 8 as major military camps around the country are expected to provide their soldiers free live telecasts of the fight in Las Vegas.

“We're having this free live viewing but we will maintain our vigilance. I'm sure there will be similar events like this in the different field units. We're asking troops in the field to maintain their vigilance and ensure that security measures are undertaken during the fight,” Col. Arnulfo Burgos, chief of the AFP Public Affairs Office, told reporters on Friday.

Burgos said they were not taking anything for granted even if less crimes and skirmishes with rebel groups had been reported during Pacquiao's fights in the past.

“We will continue to step up our intelligence collection efforts even if our troops have the chance to watch the fight. We would make sure we will maintain security measures and even intensify them further to make sure it would be very peaceful,” he said.
In Metro Manila, some 10,000 soldiers and their families are expected to watch Pacquiao's latest bout in specially designated public places at the Camp Aguinaldo general headquarters and the headquarters of the Philippine Army, Philippine Navy and the Philippine Air Force.

Battle casualties confined at the AFP Medical Center (formerly V. Luna Hospital) would also get to watch the fight for free.

Pacquiao is an Army reservist with the rank of senior master sergeant, the highest rank that can be given to enlisted personnel.

Philippine Daily Inquirer

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