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‘An inspiration to Filipinos’: AFP, PNP laud Pacquiao for win vs Thurman

/ 04:19 PM July 21, 2019
Pacquiao Thurman Boxing

Manny Pacquiao, right, and Keith Thurman exchange punches in the 10th round during a welterweight title fight Saturday, July 20, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

MANILA, Philippines — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) on Sunday celebrated the win of Senator Manny Pacquiao over American boxer Keith Thurman, calling Pacquiao an “inspiration” to Filipinos.

“The Armed Forces of the Philippines congratulates Senator Manny Pacquiao in his victory against Keith Thurman. This latest win truly manifests his legacy and shows us Filipinos the value of enduring excellence,” the AFP public affairs chief Col. Noel Detoyato said in a statement.

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The AFP also said that Pacquiao, who serves as an Army reservist, is an “inspiration” to the military organization, pointing out the senator’s dedication, hard work, and sacrifice.

“Senator Pacquiao’s dedication to his craft, hard work, and sacrifice continue to be an inspiration to most of us Filipinos, especially in the military organization. His strength that comes from his humility and compassion have always have always won our hearts and minds in his decades of fighting in the boxing arena,” Detoyato said.

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“We join the whole Filipino nation in the outpour of support to our world champion and brother in the reserve force,” he added.

Likewise, the PNP also lauded Pacquiao’s “impressive victory” and added that the senator brought “honor and glory” to the country.

“The Philippine National Police joins the entire Filipino nation in jubilation over the impressive victory of People’s Champion Senator Manny Pacquiao against Keith Thurman for the WBA Welterweight title,” PNP Deputy Spokesperson Lt. Col. Kimberly Molitas said in a separate statement.

“We share the triumph of our People’s Champ with every Filipino who cheered and pray for this latest honor for the country. Senator Pacquiao not only brought honor and glory to the country but also inspired many Filipinos to excel in their work,” Molitas added.

Pacquiao beat Thurman in a split decision after 12 rounds of boxing at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States. /je

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