President Rodrigo Duterte commended Senator and Filipino boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao when the latter visited Malacañan Palace on Monday, November 14.
Pacquiao is the newly World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion after defeating Jessie Vargas in a lopsided unanimous verdict.
“Do or die ako kay Pacquiao,” said the President after raising the hands of the People’s Champ as symbol of his supremacy in the ring.
“I would like to extend the warmest congratulations from the Filipino people and the government to the Senator for doing us proud here,” the President said.
Pacquiao gave a gold fighting jersey to the President during his courtesy call.
Malacañan earlier called Senator Pacquiao a “national treasure in global sports” after winning his fight.
“The discipline, the determination, and the hard work of our People’s Champ are truly what makes him a National Treasure in Global Sports,” the Palace statement read.PND