Pacquiao arrives in Sarangani to help flood victims

Posted at 06/17/12 1:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao arrived in General Santos City 10 a.m. on Sunday on board a private plane.

He was welcomed by GenSan 1st district Representative Pedro Acharon Jr., GenSan Mayor Darlene Custodio, Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas, Sarangani Vice Governor Steve Solon, members of the media and some fans.

Unlike his usual homecoming after a boxing fight which includes a motorcade, Pacquiao’s arrival was preceded by a press conference because his main purpose of returning to the province is to help those who were affected by the recent natural calamity.

The town of Glan in Sarangani was declared under state of calamity last week after severe floods inundated several villages in the area.

Authorities said Barangay Cross was the worst-hit by the floods, with an estimated 250 families affected.

Schools in four barangays severely affected by the floods have called off classes.

After the press conference, Pacquiao went straight to Glan to bring relief goods to flood victims.

In his interview on Saturday, Pacquiao said he has no qualms about spending Father’s Day away from his family because he needs to make sure that his constituents are well taken care of.

Custodio said the town will just give Pacquiao a hero’s welcome when the boxer returns to the country after their family vacation. – from a report by Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN