By Llanesca T. Panti, Reporter
The chief of staff of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on Monday pictured the boxing icon as a peacemaker and not a mauler.
In a phone interview with The Manila Times, Jeng Gacal denied the Times’ banner story that Pacquiao beat barangay captain Alfredo Belgica who tried to stop Pacquiao’s group from distributing cash and goods during a campaign sortie in General Santos City Sunday.
Belgica, an ally of the Achievement with Integrity Movement (AIM)-Liberal Party (LP). has threatened to sue Pacquiao for vote-buying and assault.
The AIM-LP is the rival coalition of Pacquiao’s People’s Champ Movement-United Nationalist Alliance (PCM-UNA).
“That is not true,” Gacal said. “In fact, they [Belgica’s camp] were the ones who mauled our supporters, fired shots, destroyed the vehicles. Congressman Pacquiao learned about what happened over the radio, and he went to the scene to pacify the people.”
Pacquiao, who has won eight titles in eight different divisions, is running for reelection in Saranggani. His wife, Jinkee, is running for Vice Governor of Saranggani. His brother, Roel, is running for congressman of South Cotabato.
Belgica, Pacquiao and his men were brought to the police station for questioning.
But Gacal said it was only Belgica and his group who were brought to the station.