• Pacquiao hands money, Bibles to typhoon victims

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    Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao distributes relief goods to typhoon victims in Samar, asking them to find hope in God’s grace. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

    Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao distributes relief goods to typhoon victims in Samar, asking them to find hope in God’s grace. PHOTO BY RENE H. DILAN

    GUIUAN, Eastern Samar: Philippine boxing hero Manny Pacquiao handed out Bibles, tinned food and cash Sunday to lift people’s spirits in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan).

    The former eight-title world champion toured Samar with his own aid caravan after spending the night on Saturday in a tent city in Guiuan, the first town to be struck by the typhoon, an Agence France-Presse reporter with the convoy saw.

    Pacquiao attended a prayer meeting in Guiuan early Sunday with survivors, and later handed out Bibles and food packages containing rice, noodles and tinned meat.

    “Let us find hope in God’s Grace to help us get back on our feet and recover from the devastation,” he said.

    In two instances during the drive around the devastated areas of Samar, Pacquiao had the convoy stop at coastal communities where homes had been torn to pieces by the typhoon’s winds of up to 315 kilometers per hour and tsunami-like storm surges.

    He handed out P1,000-bills each time to families who are now living in makeshift shelters.

    Yolanda left nearly 7,400 people dead or missing, with more than four million others displaced, according to an official tally.

    Pacquiao, who is also a second-term member of the House of Representatives with ambitions to run for president someday, is scheduled to lead the aid caravan to neighbouring Leyte island on Sunday night.

    He lifted the country’s spirits a week ago with a comeback victory over American boxer Brandon Rios in Macau, following three straight defeats that had raised speculation the 34-year-old’s boxing career was over.

    Pacquiao, the only man to win world boxing titles in eight different weight divisions, made the trip despite complaining on Tuesday that the government’s Bureau of Internal Revenue had frozen all his bank accounts, forcing him to borrow money to buy relief goods.

    The bureau is threatening Pacquiao with a $50 million bill for unpaid taxes in 2008 and 2009, saying it may otherwise seize his assets.

    The boxer says he paid the appropriate taxes in the United States, where the money was earned.

    Pacquiao, a former street kid, was listed last year by Forbes magazine as the 14th highest-paid athlete globally, with an estimated $34 million in earnings.

    AFP

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    1. In times like this, people in the Philippines should unite and just focus on what they can do, to help the people who are crying for help NOW; they need help NOW! Forget about your political insecurity that Manny Pacquiao may become a real big political figure because of what he is doing to the poor. He is a man of the people, and we heard this from many people from his province, and it echoed here in North America. He easily give help to the poor, so he is their hero in that place. He wash pushed by people to enter the political arena; Philippines needs a man of action, and a man with a vision on where he wants to take his people.
      Now his account was frozen, so now he cannot donate his winnings to the poor when they needed it most… but he did not sit and wait, he knows that his kababayan needs him now, so, he has to borrow money that he can use to make his kababayan smile and have hope in the midst devastation and grief. That is amazing! you people should appreciate this very noble deed!

      Political jealousy is evil and has to room in times like this, instead, ask your political IDOL to do the same as Manny Pacquiao is doing, and see how the huge disaster left by monster Haiyan be erased quicker than we can imagine. Hundreds of million dollars were sent to the Philippines from abroad, and let’s hope it gets to the hand of the poor people who it was intended for. Manny did the right thing handing the goods to the people; he wanted to make sure it gets to the right people in need.
      Don’t question the Bible thing! people in grief needs God. Lots and Lots of prayers will lift their spirit so they can survive the desperation they are in.
      Stop the arrogance and make yourself a winner by not allowing evil reign in your heart and mind. MABUHAY!

      • Ang pagbibigay ng bible at relief goods hindi kalukuhan. c Manny lang ng nakaisip magbigay ng bibliya, karamihan relief goods. ikaw James anong naibigay mo sa mga Yolanda victims?Kahit wala kang pera pwede naman service ang maibigay mo sa mga victims. hwag kang maselos ni Manny kung namigay sya dahil sini-share lang niya ang pagpapalang natanggap niya sa panginoon.

      • James I don’t know if you knew what you are saying.
        You maybe think that its crazy to give Bible but Pakyaw was being obedient because he is a Child of God. Jesus said in the Bible in Matthew 4:4 “People cannot live by bread alone, but every word that comes from the mouth of God”. I pray that God will reveal the truth about Him in your life James today and onwards, because He did it to me 7years ago. I use to criticized a lot to all those people who distribute Bible but by the grace of God, He unveil the truth on me. Now my husband & I supported the Operation Africa – Australia handing Bibles to Military in Africa.
        Bible is the Word of God – it’s a Basic Instructions Before Living Eternally. Eternity is our home not this Earth. But the key to Eternity is through Jesus Christ because He is the only way.
        Now you may not understand what is the Bible maybe because you haven’t receive Jesus Christ in your life yet but if you do accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour you will know why we do what we do – keep doing what Jesus said “Go and spread the Gospel”
        Gospel means – The Good News of Jesus Christ.
        Food, Water, Clothing & Shelter are the basic
        needs to give away to our kababayan who survives from the typhoon Yolanda, but they need more that these. They need True Hope, True Love & True Compassion and only Jesus can purely demonstrate
        it all. John 3:16 says “For God loved the world He gave one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
        1John3:16 “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us, So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
        Hope this may help.
        God Bless You.

    2. Sa mga galaw at kilos ni Pakman sa politika, gusto niya maka dale nang tatlong ibon sa isang hataw at bato ng tirador….

    3. Natuto na nang kalokohan nang politika itong suntokero nang GenSan.

      Maruno’ng nang ma uto ng tao. Under the guise of deep sympathy and sharing of grief (kuno) with the poor masses, now at the same time building up political image for future runnings,- , governor-senator-Malakanyang??? Sa isang mahirap na kumakalam ang sikmura na masaya lang na mapanood ang mga laban ng suntokero ng GenSan na People’s Champ daw, walang bahid politika ang mga galaw ng Pakman – Sa isang nag aral at mapanuring analista ng mga galaw ng mga Trapo, – na ngayon nga ay nag mutate na itong si Pakman at ginamit ang kanyang kasikatan para makaluklok sa larangan ng politika – a ‘mangmang’ taking advantage of his fellow mangmang – well, maliwang pa sa sikat nang araw na maaga pa ay mamomolitika na siya sa future investment runnings for public office. Gamit si Yolanda as disguise. Manny, you have the money, but sorry to say we were NOT BORN Yesterday.- to get fooled by your bible handing out antics.

      • You were NOT BORN Yesterday but YOU WERE NOT BORN TALENTED AS MANNY. But if you want to be blessed be humble. Dont look yourself higher than others especially the poor ones.

    4. Wow he handed out bibles that will really help them. Yes the money & food is good but bibles, well words are beyond me. He is really using his wealth to get the people on his side. Many rich people in the west give as much as manny does to the poor but they do it quietly, people dont know they are doing it, do it here so everyone can see you doing it it will get you elected. then when in government look how to get that money back 10 fold, thats the pinoy way, keep up the tradition manny.

    5. Good for Pacquiao that he’s giving the aid directly to the typhoon survivors. The Philippines would probably be in better shape with someone like Pacquiao as national leader. He many not be college-educated, but his heart seems to be in the right place.
      The country has had very intelligent, highly-educated Presidents in the past who have mostly looked out for their own and their cronies’ interests. Someone like Pacquiao, who came from humble beginnings, may do more for the majority poor of the country than the leaders from the oligarchy.