President Aquino welcomes World Boxing Organization Welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao during a courtesy call at the Malacanang Palace. Photo by Rey Baniquet, Malacañang Photos
MANILA -- Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao paid a courtesy call to President Benigno Aquino III in Malacanang on Monday.
Aquino and Pacquiao met at the Music Room in Malacanang early Monday afternoon, more than a week after the boxer scored a victory in his rematch against American Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, Nevada.
"Magkaibigan naman si Pangulo at saka si Congressman Manny Pacquiao. Usually 'pag sinabi nating talking points it's a business meeting. Meron talagang naka-set na agenda. Sa aking palagay ito ay pagkikita lamang ng dalawang magkaibigan at pagpapalitan ng paghanga at pasasalamat," Communication Secretary sonny Coloma said about the meeting.
Coloma added that there is no ill will between the Aquino government and Pacquiao amid the well-publicized bid of the Bureau of Internal Revenue to collect some P2 billion in taxes from the superstar athlete.
"'Yon namang tungkol doon ay tinutukoy na ng Bureau of Internal Revenue at marami na ring naging pahayag at paliwanag si Commissioner Kim Henares tungkol diyan. At batid na rin naman natin simula 'nung nag-umpisa 'yang usapin na 'yan ay nagkaroon na ng friendly engagement between Commissioner Henares and Congressman Pacquiao. Nililinaw lang natin: There is no ill will or animosity that is present in all of these conversations," Coloma said.