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PIA Press Release
2007/04/14

Pacquiao fight will unite us, says Gen. Holganza

by Romy Sabaldan

Davao City (14 April) -- THIS is the Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas Pacquiao-Solis fight in the military standpoint.

Indicating his weariness of fighting in the fields, Brig. General Carlos Holganza expresses hopes that the fight of the Filipino boxing icon Saturday (Sunday in the country) will again bring the much needed unity among all Filipinos, combatants and non-combatants alike.

The commanding general of the 101st Brigade, 10th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army graced the Kapihan Sa PIA of the Philippine Information Agency, Reg. XI, this city last Friday to brief mediamen on the latest happenings in his area of responsibility which covers Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte.

The military official expressed irritation on what he said was the continued lies imputed against them by the New People’s Army (NPA) in the recent Barangay Kahayag, New Bataan encounter which led to the death of an armalite-toting Grecil Galacio, alleged child warrior of the insurgents.

Asked whether the Pacquiao-Solis fight on Sunday will lead to an undeclared ceasefire in the field, Holganza said that hopefully what Pacquiao can do to unite us would give a lasting imprint for the Filipinos character as peace-loving people.

Indicating that the military also need to relax and be entertained, Holganza said as far as he is concerned going to war with the insurgents is only a matter of last recourse. He said this is backed up by our development programs as part of the non-military solution like building schools and providing potable water although our army engineers are being targeted in ambuscades conducted by the NPAs.

The secret to our progress is not in warfare but through individual industry.

Manood na lang tayo sa laban ni Pacquiao, the commanding general said. This is one battle where we can watch with honor and delight, Holganza indicated. (PIA XI) [top]

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