Clean Slate – Acharon cares…Pacman’s easy fight
MONDAY, 30 AUGUST 2010 00:00
by Moses Billacura
Mindanews reports that South Cotabato congressman Pedro Acharon Jr. has proposed a law to grant retirement pension, health care and death benefits to Filipino world champion athletes.
And why not?
Our champions deserve to be honored after their glory days and not just be left out and forgotten.
Their outstanding performance in the world’s sporting stage is always an inspiration to our young athletes and to the nation as a whole.
I hope congressman Acharon will get the needed votes for the proposed “Professional Filipino Athletes Retirement, Health Care and Death Benefit Act of 2010”.
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Sarangani congressman Manny Pacquiao vowed to continue his training for the scheduled fight against former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito who finally received a license to fight in Texas.
The fight on November 13 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington is expected to be an easy one for Pacquiao. Boxing fans expected a Pacquiao-Mayweather Jr. Bout, which is seen to be the ultimate fight for the seven-division champion from Sarangani.
But Floyd Mayweather Jr. seems to be afraid to face the faster and hard-punching Pacquiao. Floyd may be having nightmares and came up with all sorts of alibis in order not to face Pacman inside the ring. Pacquiao is bound to collect his eighth weight title in November, the vacant junior middleweight belt, to add to his welterweight, junior welterweight, lightweight, junior lightweight, featherweight, junior featherweight and flyweight titles.
Why not? Margarito is too slow and a bit rusty for Pacquiao.
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The SK Federation representative to the City Council of Davao, Halila Sudagar and former SK president April Marie Dayap had a similar reaction to the statement of Mayor Sara Zimmerman Duterte-Carpio who supports the proposal of abolishing the SK. Of course, they would not want the abolishment of the SK Federation. From the point of view of the sports community, the youth representatives have been useless because for failing to craft legislation for genuine sports development in Davao City. Here’s a tip. That assignment will be easy if you start consulting former Philippine Sports Commission chairman William “Butch” Ramirez who first proposed to councilor Dayap to create a Davao City Sports Commission. This is a simple case of lacking interest in sports development that could be remedied by simply asking those who know how, or going to a sports school called the “William Ramirez Sports Institute”.
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Happy birthday to ate Nena Osillos Ariaga (Sept.4), Ateneo classmate Lirapot Fuentes (Sept.5), auntie Tess (Sept.9), Gillian Belle Baslao (Sept.10) and Ate Liez’l dela Pena Osillos (Sept.11).