Pacquiao seeks Senate probe into sorry state of Rizal Sports Complex facilities
Sen. Manny Pacquiao inspects facilities at the RMSC with PSC chair Butch Ramirez. Wendell Alinea

SENATOR Manny Pacquiao has filed Senate Resolution No. 688, seeking an inquiry into the current state of the Rizal Sports Complex and other sports facilities in the country.

Pacquiao hopes to gain the support of fellow legislators in addressing the facilities and equipment issues, stressing that it hinders the Filipino athletes in their quest for honor and fame in the global arena, including the Olympics.

“We should not allow this lack of required facilities to continue. As legislators, we should contribute our best efforts in helping our athletes and sports officials achieve bigger dream,” said the eight-division world boxing champion.

“Filipinos have been making a mark in the global arena because of our unmistakable passion for sports,” he said. “However, the state of the different sports facilities in the country shows that sports does not rank on the top of our priority list.”    

Pacquiao stressed the need to correct this situation, sports being a necessary program for the development of the holistic health of the citizens.

“If Filipinos are known globally in sports despite the limitations, imagine the possibilities if we rectify the situation.”

“ … if we expect our athletes to excel in the global platform, we need to give more than what we have already given them.                      

“Kailangan po nating magtulungan upang mabigyan ng tamang solusyon ang mga problema na pumipigil sa par-arangkada ng pag-asenso ng ating mga atleta, “ he said.

Pacquiao recalled that when he visited the 1934-built RMSC last December, he was surprised to see the same facilities that already existed when he trained at the same place in the 80s.

“Teenager pa lang ako noon, Mr. President. Doon po ako nag-training ng boxing. Doon po nabuo ang aking mga pangarap. Sira-sira na po ang aming mga gamit sa training at hindi na rin maayos and mga pasilidad.

“Noong ako ay bumisita pagkatapos ng maraming taon, wala po akong nakitang improvements. Mas lalong kalunos-lunos ang kalagayan. Nakakalungkot,

“Saan tayo nakakita ng world-class divers na sa kutson nagdidive? Ng world-class athleres  na sa sira-sirang punching bag sumusuntok? Nagtitiis sa mga sira-sira at bulok na mga pasilidad and mga nais magbigay ng karangalan sa ating  bayan.”   

“Yet we aspire for that Olympic gold. Pababayaan na lang ba natin na mas lalong mabulok and pasilidad? Pababayaan na lang ba natin ang ating mga atletang magtiyaga sa init at kalawang kahit na iniaalay nila ang kanilang sarili para sa karangalan ng ating bansa?   

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