Army sponsors free screening of Pacquiao bout
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Army will be sponsoring a free screening for the Pacquiao-Bradley match on Sunday, June 10, in 3 different venues.
Army spokesman Major Harold Cabunoc said there will be free viewing of the fight at the Philippine Army Gymnasium, at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Officer's Clubhouse and at the Army General Hospital inside Fort Bonifacio in Taguig.
Cabunoc said even wounded Filipino soldiers are eagerly anticipating the upcoming fight on Sunday. The hospital has around 173 patients at present who are eagerly awaiting for the match.
The multi-purpose hall of the hospital will be converted into a mini-movie house for a more pleasurable experience viewing of the fight by the wounded soldiers.
One of them would be Cpl. Charito Semine who was wounded after a landmine attack and ambush by suspected Abu Sayyaf rebels in Basilan.
Semine was hit by shrapnel on the face, back and hands while both his eardrums were severely damaged.
He said he is lucky to be alive and lucky to still be able to watch Pacquiao on Sunday.
He said he expects the legendary Filipino boxer to win the match against Timothy Bradley.
"Sa palagay ko panalo siya (Pacquiao). Wala namang malakas na tinalo si Timothy Bradley," he said.
Another Pacquiao fan, PFC Jeanel Enanor, is also happy to be alive to be able to watch Pacquiao on Sunday. Enanor was hit by shrapnel of an M203 grenade in an encounter with suspected New People's Army rebels in Samar.
"Kahit malungkot mabawasan naman yung lungkot namin. Makita namin na naglalaban na," he said.
Cabunoc said that aside from venues in Ft. Bonifacio, infantry divisions and military camps all over the archipelago will also have free viewing of the Pacquiao-Bradley match.
The Army spokesman clarified that there is no stoppage of military operations especially in critical areas.
"Dire-diretso po ang operations ng mga sundalo, di pwede mabakante ang mga outpost, at sa mga peace development programs," he said.
Military honors await Pacquiao
Cabunoc said in the event Pacquiao wins the fight, the Army will give a military honor to the People's Champ.
Pacquiao currently holds the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve Command.
"Aside sa military awards, merong testimonial parade bilang bigay pugay sa kanya upon recommendation of the Army Reserve Command," Cabunoc said.
The spokesman said Pacquiao has earned a special place in the hearts of the soldiers after being a military reservist since 2006.
Last year, Pacquiao was commissioned in the reserve force with a rank of lieutenant colonel.
He is now serving as a deputy commander of the First Sarangani Ready Reserve Battalion, which is active in humanitarian missions and disaster response operations in the province of Saranggani.