The victorious boxing champion of the Filipinos, Senator Manny Pacquiao can only be happier to see both the Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and Philippine President Rodrigo Du30 sitting in one row. This is during his latest fight Lucas Matthysse in Malaysia. The people certainly did not forget how some Filipinos were massacred during the Sabah claim in Lahad Datu. New articles label it as the 2013 Lahad Datu standoff. It was a military conflict that started on 11 February 2013 and fully ended on 24 March 2013. This is where the men of the late Sultan Jamalul Kiram wishes to return to their homeland but were killed. During the 2016 elections campaign, Du30, Marcos, and Pacquiao are one in the Sabah claim issue. They aim to continue the quest of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos that was sabotaged by the Aquinos.
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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is now a fan of Senator Manny Pacquiao. President Du30 was also present to cheer on the Filipino boxer. “This is indeed a historic day for Malaysia when we have a Filipino champion fighting in Malaysia witnessed by the leaders of both countries,” Mahathir said. This is part of our boxing diplomacy. We don’t punch each other,” he added. After the boxing match, Mahathir joined President Du30 to congratulate Pacquiao. The two leaders are expected to hold talks in the upcoming working day.
The President’s Wish for Pacquaio
The President congratulated Senator Pacquiao on his stunning knockout victory recently. Du30 describes Pacquiao as one of the world’s greatest boxers. He expresses hope that he will continue to be a source of inspiration for the Filipinos. “I would like to congratulate Senator Manny Pacquiao for giving us pride and bringing the Filipino nation together once more,” he said. Boxing champ Manny Pacquiao should consider retirement and enjoy life, the leader advised Pacman.
Former Senator Bongbong Marcos Joins Well-Wishers
Among the well-wishers were Senators Nancy Binay, Grace Poe, Richard Gordon, JV Ejercito, Cynthia Villar, and Sonny Angara, former Senator Bongbong Marcos, and Justice Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay Villar. They posted their messages via social media. Bongbong Marcos always has the approval of Pacquiao in the field of politics. He even urges people to learn how to forgive if the late President Marcos, the clan’s patriarch hurt them in some ways since he comes clear of whatever accusations he got while still alive in legal courts.
The Du30-Marcos Diplomatic Style
It is a positive thing that PM Mahathir takes the diplomacy of Pacquiao’s boxing fame as the symbol for his country’s relationship with the Philippines. The Du30-Marcos style is so diplomatic that no war can occur even over a very sensitive issue like the South China Sea dispute. Marcos joined the President in Beijing when he started negotiating with the Chinese to leave the disputes first and strengthen the economic ties of both countries. This move is actually a big credit to the ASEAN countries. It is best to join hands in solving social issues than fight with guns that no one can ever win.