JAKARTA, Indonesia — President Benigno Simeon Aquino III will not be able to watch the fight between Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao and Sugar Shane Mosley Sunday morning, a Malacañang official said. 

Aquino will be in a retreat with leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) when Pacquiao faces Mosley around 9 a.m. (Manila time), or 8 a.m. (Jakarta time).

The Philippine president is attending the 18th ASEAN Summit being held at Jakarta Convention Center from May 7 to 8.

“No unfortunately, the ASEAN retreat begins Sunday morning. The president will not be able to watch the fight," Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning secretary Ricky Carandang said when asked by the Philippine media.

“But like most everybody else, the President is going to pray and wish for another victory for Manny Pacquiao. So we are 1000 percent behind Manny Pacquiao ," he added.

Pacquiao became a member of Aquino’s Liberal Party after winning a House seat during May 2010.

Earlier in the day, Malacañang encouraged Filipinos to wear yellow on Sunday as a show of support and unity for Pacquiao, who will wear yellow gloves.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte also reassured the public that state security forces will remain on alert to thwart criminals and terrorists from exploiting Sunday’s "Pacman fever."

“Lahat [sana] ay magdilaw bukas to show support and unity," she said over government-run dzRB radio.

The fight will take place early Sunday (Manila time) after both fighters made the welterweight class weight limit. Pacquiao weighed in at 145 pounds and Mosley was at 147 pounds. 


President Benigno Aquino III has disputed criticisms by former Executive Secretary and former Senator Ernesto Maceda, who scored him for having a ‘laid back working style.’

The President said his latest full workday belies Maceda’s contention, which the former ambassador to the United States expressed via his column in a national broadsheet, the Philippine Star.

President Aquino said, “For their information, this is my third engagement for the day. I started out rising at 5:30 in the morning, not because I have to plant some seeds, but because I have to board a plane by 6:30 to go to wakes — one in Cebu, one in Samar — to attend the wakes of two of our party mates, one killed by assassination and the other due to health concerns."

From his provincial sorties, Aquino then returned to Manila to address the National Conference of Employers. He had a staff meeting at 2:30 p.m. Then he ended the workday with officials of Singapore Technologies Telemedia, ABS-CBN and Sky Cable at 4 p.m.
Interview skills
The President has also developed the skills in responding to persistent questions about his private relationships and personal feelings. He displayed those skill in a taped interview with GMA Network’s Tonight with Arnold Clavio, aired in two parts — Tuesday and Wednesday on GMA News TV.

To deflect a question on his love life, he said, “Let’s focus on goals that are doable."

When showed a picture of his former girlfriend, Valenzuela City Councilor Shalani Soledad, he said, “She just celebrated her birthday."
When pressed on how he greeted councilor Soledad, he said, simply, “Happy birthday."

Presented with a picture of his former stylist, Liz Uy, whom he also dated, Aquino said: “Ayos na ayos siya diyan, very youthful looking."

Asked about whether news anchor Sabrina Chua of Channel News Asia is beautiful, the President replied, “Magaganda ang mga tanong niya."

Showed a picture of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Aquino said: “Maganda ang suot niya. Ayos na iyon."

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