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Smiley face moment: Pacquiao fight led to peace and order in the Philippines

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As expected, crime rate nationwide declined during Dream Match

abs-cbnNEWS.com | 12/08/2008 10:55 PM

As expected, the country’s crime rate declined sharply Sunday during the airing of the Dream Match between Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao and 10-time world champion Oscar de la Hoya.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the country has registered a zero crime rate from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the live airing time of the Pacquiao fight.

For the rest of the day, the PNP only recorded 11 crime incidents nationwide.

The PNP said that during the fight, most Filipinos were glued on television screens at home, in movie houses, bars, local gyms and even internet shops.

Where were the people?
In Davao City, fans crammed resto-bars which offered live showing of the Pacquiao-de la Hoya bout.

In Pacquiao’s native General Santos, at least 6,000 fans marveled at their hero’s masterful performance against the Mexican-American star.

When de la Hoya surrendered, South Cotabato Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio was the first to shout: “Pacquiao, best fighter in the world!”

In military camps nationwide, thousands of soldiers took their time off to watch their master sergeant Pacquiao slugging it out inside the ring.

Even high military officials were enjoying the fight in Fort Bonifacio in Taguig and Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Armed Forces’ chief Gen. Alexander Yano and National Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro Jr. were with their troops, cheering wildly for Pacquiao.

Even the pensive retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan watched restlessly on his seat during the match.

Yano was even seen his fist clenched, as if he was prepared to throw a punch himself, while watching the fight.

“Napakaganda ng laban ni Pacquiao,” said Yano.

In the end, all of them cheered in unison after seeing de la Hoya surrender the fight.

The PNP said it could only marvel on Pacquiao’s ability to deter crime while an ocean away from his country. With a report from Jay Ruiz, ABS-CBN News

SOURCE: ABS-CBN News Online, expected-crime-rate-sharp-decline-during-dream-match

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Author: rbvergara

Born and raised in the Philippines. Moved to California on April 15, 1986 two months after Marcos was overthrown. Have been building a new life and stronger roots in Southern California since then.

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