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PIA News Dispatch - Saturday, April 12, 2014

Palace wishes Pacquiao the best in his title fight this Sunday

The Palace wishes fighting congressman Manny Pacquiao all the best for his title fight against American boxer Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas on Sunday.

In a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said she is confident that Pacquiao will prevail over Bradley come Sunday.

“Confident tayo na mananaig si Manny Pacquiao over Timothy Bradley,” she said.

The nation, which backs Pacquiao in every fight, anticipates a win, Valte added.

The Pacquiao-Bradley welterweight match is a rematch between the two fighters. They fought in June 2012 with Bradley bagging the title and at the same time sparking controversy over the legitimacy of the win.

Bradley seized the World Boxing Organization belt from the Philippine icon with a narrow split decision that many believed the American boxer did not deserve.

After losing to Bradley, Pacquiao suffered another setback when he was knockout in six rounds by Juan Manuel Marquez in his next fight.

And after several months away from the ring, Pacquaio won a lopsided decision over Brandon Rios in Macau, marking the start of another illustrious chapter in his storied career.

Pacquiao, a congressman from Sarangani province, brings a record of 55-5 with two drawn and 38 knockouts to the bout.

Bradley on the other hand boasts a record of 31-0 with 12 knockouts. PND (as)

Palace wishes nation peaceful, reflective Lenten season

The Palace hopes the nation will have a peaceful and reflective Holy Week as Filipinos observe the Lenten Season.

“As a new week approaches, we in the administration wish the Filipino people a peaceful and reflective Holy Week,” Deputy Presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said in a statement she read over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Saturday.

At the same time, as most Filipinos from Metro Manila start to travel to the provinces, Valte reminded them to be extra cautious to ensure their safety.

“We encourage the public to take note of emergency hotlines present in the Official Gazette (, as well as to familiarize themselves with the Summary of the Rights of Air Passengers also found on the Official Gazette website (,” the Palace official said.

These government websites would be useful sources of information for people going home to their provinces, and to those traveling around the country.

Agencies and their hotlines posted in the website:

Philippine National Police (PNP) Hotline Patrol
723-6983Text hotline: 0917-847-5757

Bureau of Fire Protection (NCR)
Direct line: (02) 729-5166

Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Central hotline Public Assistance Center: 7890

Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA)
Hotline: 136
(02) 882-0925 (Flood Control)(02) 882-4150 to 77 loc. 337 (Rescue), 255 (Metrobase)Metrobase: 882-0860

Red Cross hotlines
(02) 527-0000(02) 527-8385 to 95

North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) hotlines
(02) 3-5000(02) 580-8910

Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX) hotlines
Traffic Control: 0920-96-SCTEX (72839)Trunkline: (045) 459-0522

Skyway System Hotlines
(02) 776-77770917-539-8762 (Globe)0999-886-0893 (Smart)0932-854-6980 (Sun)

South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) Hotline

Hotline: Laguna: (049) 508-7539, 502-8956Manila: (02) 584-43890917-687-75390. PND (as)