MANILA, Philippines - Amid the loss, the Philippines will remain behind Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
In a statement from Malacanang, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said one can’t just disregard the many honors that Pacquiao brought to the country.
He also said Pacquaio showed resilience through and through.
“Sa kabila ng kanyang pagkatalo, hindi po nito maisasantabi ang nakapakaraming karangalang naibigay na ni Manny sa sambayanang Pilipino. Muli, ipinakita niya nang buong loob ang kanyang dedikasyong makipaglaban sa ngalan ng ating mga kababayan at ng bandila,” Lacierda said.
He credited Pacquiao for accepting the loss in a dignified way. “Tinanggap po ni Manny ang kanyang pagkabigo nang buong pagpapakumbaba at dignidad, gaya ng ipinapamalas niyang katangian sa bawat pagkapanalo niya sa laban,” he said, adding that the admiration of Filipinos for Pacquiao will not change.
He also asked that Filipinos continue to pray for Pacquiao’s renewed strength and stamina.
In a separate statement, Vice President Jejomar Binay added the Filipino boxing icon will “rise from this adversity a better and stronger person with his faith in the Almighty even more unshakeable.”
Saying he is proud of Pacquiao, Binay said: “Manny trained hard and he fought hard in the ring. He has shown that he has the true heart of a champion and made us all proud to be Filipinos.”
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) also showed support for Pacquiao.
“Despite this surprising outcome, Manny Pacquiao is still an icon of perseverance, excellence and dedication not only to the soldiers of the AFP but to the millions of Filipinos who look up to him,” the AFP spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said.
He said: “We wish him the best in his future undertakings in the service of the Filipino people.
Pacquiao is a reserve Lieutenant Colonel in the Philippine Army.