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Peace! Pacquiao pastors here to stay


THERE’S need for an urgent correction.

Here it is: Manny Pacquiao has not stayed away from his Bible-packing pastor-friends. Neither has he dumped them.

“That would not make Manny look good,” Yolly Alfante, quoting a statement from the pastors’ group, told the Inquirer yesterday.

Alfante, president of the Mindanao Professional Boxing Federation, told this reporter about the absence of the pastors when she visited Pacquiao in General Santos City last week.

Have they disappeared for good or were just cooling their heels in the suburbs?

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“Yes, I had seen the pastors before, but that day I did not see them,” Alfante explained. “I just said what I saw.”

It was not that simple.

Asked for further details, Alfante last week said she did try to communicate with Pacquiao, who was quite busy, through eye and hand signals.

Pacquiao, Alfante said, tried to say there was none or nothing, or something to that effect.

Here was where I committed a supreme boo-boo.

I next wrote that, “Knowing how Alfante had known Pacquiao since his hungry years, the boxing hero (must’ve) meant the pastors have been dumped for good.”

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It was a gross exaggeration.

I was also very wrong.

Again, I’m offering Pacquiao and his pastor friends my sincerest apologies.

Explained Ms Alfonte, founder of the Buhay Kamao Foundation Inc. for which Pacquiao has offered to be honorary chair: “I have said it before and I will say it again. Manny has never changed. He’s the same God-loving and ever helpful man. Mabait, matulungin.”

Again, my apologies.

Kindly join me in praying for Manny Pacquiao.

May he have greater success in all his noble endeavors.

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Meanwhile, Mexican pride Juan Manuel Marquez, against the wishes of elder advisers, appears headed for a fifth fight with Pacquiao, whom he knocked out cold last December in Las Vegas.

This surfaced after reports came from Mexico City that Marquez would ask for something like a $20-million purse from promoter Bob Arum.

Before that, Arum had postponed a scheduled dinner meeting with Marquez, while telling the Mexico ring icon to name his price.

Trainer Nacho Beristain had maintained there was no need for a fifth Marquez-Pacquiao clash “because there was nothing more to prove.”

WBC president Don Jose Sulaiman, explaining there should be no price tag for nobility, said there was no need for Marquez to risk everything, including Mexican pride, in an unnecessary fifth fight with Pacquiao.

Now, it appears it all boils down to a question of dollars, mounds and mounds of it.

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(HAIL THE CHAMPS: Alessandra Isabela Narciso (DLSZ 2014) was named MVP and best setter in the recent Season 75 UAAP championship won by the De La Salle Zobel Junior Lady Spikers, via a rare three-peat, after besting the National University Lady Bullpups at the UE School grounds in Caloocan. Coached by Ace Gacutan, voted best coach of the UAAP Season 75, the team was composed of: Dawn Nicole Macandili, Best Libero; Kim Kianna Dy, Bettina Rose Caceres, Felicia Marie Cui, Mildred Thea Dizon, Bernie Briele Egoy, Meagan Marie Egoy, Theresa Maria Jose Endaya, Danielle Elisse P. Luna, Dawn Nicole Macandili, Alessandra Isabela Narciso, Julianne Marie Samonte, Denise San Jose, Rio M. Sumalinog, Ma. Criselda Rica Valenzuela.)

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  • Pepe Alas

    This is sad news. Pacquiáo still keeps that pack of wolves. ='(

  • jobjas

    Pls be extra careful with what you are writing. Manny is our national treasure, lets give him  some respect specially with his new life – now a believer of GOD’s word THE BBILE!!! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!!!!

  • levis2012

    That’s irresponsible journalism.  As a writer for the national newspaper as popular as Inquirer, one must double check the facts before writing, so that there will be no need for apologies after damage is done.

  • Eun Kyeong Lim

    My Question is Why those Pastors sticks to Manny? (I thought Manny is already a pastor).
    They should part ways and dwell around as normal pastor do.

    • dodong1

      mga linta yan mga yan panay ang dikit kay pakyaw dahil maraming pera..pag naubos na yung pera ni manny mawawala na rin yan mga pastor na yan

  • Pablo316

    It is common for some Roman Catholics to say that they hold on to the BIBLE PLUS TRADITION, but very few of them really know that the Bible and their tradition are in contradiction with each other.
    What does the Bible has to say about itself? The following are written:
    “Do not go beyond what is written.” (1 Corinthians 4:6)
    “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
    “If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing.” (1 Timothy 6:3-4)
    “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” (Matthew 5:18)
    “Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29)
    “It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.” (Luke 16:17)
    “There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.” (John 12:48)
    What then has the Bible have to say about tradition? We read the following:
    “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!” (Mark 7:9)
    “They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.” (Matthew 15:9)
    “The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.” (Isaiah 29:13)
    “For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
    It follows then that tradition should follow the Bible and not the other way around and that tradition should in no way be considered at par with what is revealed in the pages of the Holy Scripture (Old and New Testament). Thus to have credibility there should be consistency between their beliefs and practices otherwise they will always find themselves in a cesspool of confusions and error.

    • Eun Kyeong Lim

       Who verified that all written were in the Bible?

      • Pablo316

        No one verified that all or everything was written in the Bible as even the Bible itself admits when it says:
        “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.” (Deuteronomy 29:29)
        However having said that, any revelation or teaching purporting itself to be from God should in no way contradict what was already clearly revealed in the Bible, otherwise it will not be from God. For God is not yes and no but is consistent (2 Corinthians 1:19).

      • Marlon Joseph

         Pablo316, which came first, written bible or tradition?

    • anton

      hi pastor!!!

    • Pepe Alas

      LOL!!! Highly elementary! Encountered most of those when I was still an anti-Catholic. 

  • magku

    Tinalo pa nila si Chavit Singson kung kumapit, iba na talaga ang hatak ng relihiyon at pera pag ginamit sa katulad ni Pacquiao.  May tinatago ang mga pastor na ito ah, baka gustong gawing Jedi Master si Pacman. LOL!!!!!!

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