Pacman hailed as 'role model' for helping poor


Posted at Aug 11 2012 10:40 PM | Updated as of Aug 12 2012 06:40 AM

KMU says Pacquiao made substantial donation to relief drive

MANILA, Philippines – Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) called boxing icon Manny Pacquiao a model to those who truly want to help the poor.

The group thanked the Saranggani congressman and boxing champion for giving a substantial donation to its relief drive without fanfare.

KMU urged other personalities to do the same.

In a statement, the group said Pacquiao sent his staff on Friday to the KMU national office in Quezon City to bring a significant amount of rice, canned goods and instant noodles.

The boxing champ also gave a significant cash donation to the labor center.

“We thank Manny Pacquaio for his substantial donation to our relief drive. We assure him that his donation will reach the poor communities worst hit by the flooding caused by torrential rains last week,” said KMU chairperson Elmer “Bong” Labog.

“Cong. Manny is setting an example to other celebrities. We ask celebrities, as well as various organizations, to do a Manny Pacquiao and give donations to the many ongoing relief drives,” he added.

“People want to see Manny helping out in the aftermath of the disaster. But he chose to donate without much fanfare, which is really commendable amidst the cheap electioneering of other politicians,” he said.

KMU has been gathering donations for its relief operations since Aug. 7 and has delivered relief goods to Gulod and Bagong Silangan in Quezon City and areas in Marikina City.

KMU is a member of Task Force Obrero, a multi-organizational initiative aimed at gathering donations for relief efforts and sending these to the communities of workers and the poor.

TFO’s members include Anakpawis Partylist, Pagkakaisa ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston), institutions Balai Obrero, Ecumenical Institute for Labor Education (Eiler) and Research, Center for Trade-Union and Human Rights (CTUHR), and Institute for Occupational Health and Safety Development (Iohsad).