MANILA, Philippines - Malacanang forecasts a win by boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, who represents the resilience of Filipinos, in particular the people of typhoon-hit Mindanao.
In an interview with radio dzRB, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she is not “quite sure if the people [there] will be in any mood to watch the fight.” Still, any win from Pacquiao should be able to bring hope amid the devastation wrought by typhoon Pablo.
“Our resilience – that will always be the key point kung papaano tayo makatatayo,” she said.
The storm left 540 dead, 1,088 injured and 827 still missing, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said Sunday.
The casualties were mostly from Compostela Valley, which is still reeling from the impact of numerous incidents of flashfloods and landslides.
Pacquiao, who is currently the district representative of Sarangani province, earlier offered his match against Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez for the people of Mindanao.
“My sympathy to all the families who were affected by the typhoon in the Philippines. This fight is dedicated to all of them,” Pacquiao said.