On Sunday, December 7, 2008 the day Manny Paquiao battled Oscar dela Hoya in Las Vegas, the crime rate in the Philippines dropped to zero between the hours of 11 AM and 2 PM. Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Nicanor Bartolome noted that only 11 incidents were reported nationwide during the entire day of the fight. Bartolome added that this has usually been the case during previous Paquiao fights as Filipinos from all walks of life ‘drop everything’ to watch their hero demolish yet another foreign contender.
Deep down Filipinos know this winning streak cannot last forever but for now it will have to do. For a country that constantly finds itself ‘in the dumps’ compared to its Southeast Asian neighbors, the Philippines has little else to boast about this days. [Continue Reading...]