Pacquiao camp denies village chief mauling

Posted at 05/15/13 3:57 AM

MANILA, Philippines – The camp of Manny Pacquiao has denied that the boxer mauled a barangay chairman in General Santos City.

In a report by the Manila Times' Llanesca Panti, Pacquiao's chief-of-staff Jeng Gacal countered the accusations made by San Jose barangay chairman Alfredo Belgica.

Belgica claimed that Pacquiao and his bodyguards ganged up on him when he confronted the Sarangani congressman for allegedly distributing rice and money shortly before the elections.

“That is not true. In fact, they [Belgica’s camp] were the ones who mauled our supporters, fired shots at them, destroyed the vehicles. Pacquiao learned about what happened over the radio, and he went to the scene to pacify the people,” Gacal said.

Belgica is an ally of now former General Santos City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio, a supporter of South Cotabato Rep. Pedro Acharon.

Acharon is an opponent of Pacquiao’s younger brother, Rogerio “Ruel” Pacquiao, in the South Cotabato polls.

Gacal said Belgica is only trying to damage Pacquiao’s reputation.

He added that Belgica should be charged for firing shots at Pacquiao’s supporters.

“They are just making this up out of desperation. It’s election season, and the candidates supported by Pacquiao are leading in pre-election surveys. Let us wait for the paraffin test, and you’ll see that I am right,” Gacal said.