LAS VEGAS, Nevada (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Filipino champion boxer Manny Pacquiao promised that he will allow Timothy Bradley to knock him out on April 9 if the American two-time former WBO welterwieght title holder campaigns for him on television.
Pacquiao is running for a seat in the Philippine Senate in the May 9 elections, but strict rules from the elections body (Commission on Elections, or COMELEC) prohibit candidates from using television airtime to campaign if it creates an undue disadvantage to other candidates.
So Pacquiao made a deal with Bradley, and Bradley agreed.
During their televised pre-fight news conference on Wednesday, Bradley publicly voiced his support for Pacquiao’s senatorial bid. “He is truly, truly, to me, the only one out there that’s gonna do right for the Filipino people,” he told reporters.
So, if you planning to watch Saturday night’s Pacquiao-Bradley fight in Las Vegas, we’re sorry to be a spoiler: Bradley will win by a knockout in the 7th round.
BEAVERTON, Oregon (The Adobo Chronicles, San Francisco Bureau) – Weeks after it severed its product endorsement relationship with Manny Pacquiao for his public comments about the LGBT community, Nike today announced that it has entered into a similar endorsement contract with Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo.
Roxas and Robredo are the Philippines’ Liberal Party candidates for president and vice president, respectively, in the coming May 9 elections. (Pacquiao is running for senator under a different political party).
As it unveiled its first Roxas-Robredo running shoes, Nike officials told The Adobo Chronicles that they liked the fact that the tandem is promoting Daang Matuwid (straight path) as part of party’s campaign platform against government corruption. “Nike, as a responsible corporate entity, hates corruption,” they said.
The new Nike product, which picks up the signature yellow color of the Liberal Party, is equipped with a special sensor designed to prevent the users from walking or running a crooked path, Nike said.
The right shoe has Roxas’ name on it, while the left has Robredo’s.
MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – One of the most powerful agencies of the Philippine government says it is “powerless.”
The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has decided that it cannot enforce its own rules that assure equal media coverage for all candidates running for elective office.
COMELEC Chairman Andres Bautista announced the decision on a query posed by former Akbayan party-list representative Walden Bello and former senator Rene Saguisag on whether the televised April 9 boxing match between senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley, Jr. in Las Vegas would violate election laws. The duo complained that the international and local media coverage of the fight would give Pacquiao undue advantage over other senatorial candidates.
The Pacquiao-Bradley match will happen exactly a month before the 2016 Philippine elections.
Bautista said that it is not within its power to stop the telecast. He also added that the poll body cannot act on the issue because no one has filed a formal complaint, saying it cannot act on “hypotheticals.”
This COMELEC decision is yet another proof that under the Aquino administration, government appointees are paid to do nothing, not even their mandated tasks as stated in their job descriptions.
Many will recall that during the height of the laglag bala scam, in which unsuspecting airline passengers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) were held and questioned for planted bullets in their luggage. Manila International Airports Authority Chief Jose Angel Honrado told Senator Bongbong Marcos during a Senate hearing that it was not within his jurisdiction to remedy the matter, saying his job was merely “coordination.”
Political observers suspect that the Aquino administration and the COMELEC are scared that if they stopped the live broadcast of the Pacquiao-Bradley fight, they will face the ire of Filipino boxing fans.