Manny Pacquiao avenged his 2012 loss to Timothy Bradley Jr. with a unanimous decision win. David Becker/Getty Images/AFP MANILA - The Philippines united in celebration on Sunday as its boxing hero Manny Pacquiao cemented his comeback by avenging his 2012 loss to American Timothy Bradley to regain the World Boxing Organization welterweight world title.

Crowds watching the fight, which was broadcast live from Las Vegas in several parks, squares and public stadiums around the archipelago, erupted in cheers as Pacquiao was declared winner in a unanimous 12-round decision.
"The people of the nation are united in cheering on the victory of the nation's fist, Congressman Manny Pacquiao. He is the symbol of the excellence of the Filipino in all endeavors," said President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Herminio Coloma shortly after the victory.
He said Pacquiao's latest victory was symbolic of the way Filipinos can recover from the worst disasters, an apparent reference to Super Typhoon Haiyan and the earthquake that struck the country last year, killing thousands.
Street sweeper Fernando Baque 52, one of the thousands who watched the fight on a giant screen in a park in suburban Manila, said: "I was happy to see him win. He can still take it. He isn't that old. He really controlled the fight. His punches really rocked Bradley.
"He shouldn't retire yet. The country still needs him," he told AFP.
Questions about whether Pacquiao had grown too old to fight surfaced after he suffered two consecutive defeats: first a decision to Bradley in June, 2012 and then a knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez in December that year.
But since then, Pacquiao has appeared to be regaining his old form, winning an overwhelming points victory over Brandon Rios to win the World Boxing Organization international welterweight championship in Macau last November.
While he failed to knock out Bradley, his Filipino fans were not disappointed by his performance.
"I really prayed for this. He really looked strong this time. As long as his body can take it, he should keep it up," said 50-year-old carer, Elsie Vinluan.
However 72-year-old retiree, William Saraste said Pacquiao should retire after just one more fight.
"He already has enough money and he can't go on for much longer. I wish he would fight [American Floyd] Mayweather. That should be his last fight," he said.
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A match between Pacquiao and Mayweather, both once considered among the best fighters of their generation, has long been hoped for but has also been repeatedly scuttled due to various conflicts. - AFP
By Edu Punay, The Philippine Star
Vhong Navarro, Deniece Cornejo and Cedric Lee. File Photo.
MANILA - The indictment of businessman Cedric Lee and model Deniece Cornejo for beating comedian Vhong Navarro last January will proceed.

The two accused failed to secure immediate relief in their petition before the Court of Appeals (CA) seeking to stop their prosecution for the non-bailable offense of serious illegal detention.
In a resolution issued last week, the special Fourth Division of the appellate court held in abeyance its action on the prayer for issuance of a temporary restraining order (TRO) that could enjoin the Department of Justice (DOJ) from pursuing the case pending resolution in the CA.
Instead, the CA ordered the DOJ to file comment to the petition and the supplemental petition, within 10 days from notice, incorporating arguments on why the temporary restraining order/writ of preliminary injunction prayed for should not be granted.
Petitioners then might file their reply five days after the receipt of comment, the CA added.
Associate Justice Leocia Dimagiba signed the order with Associate Justices Ricardo Rosario and Mario Lopez concurring.
Lee and Cornejo filed their amended petition with the CA last March 4.
They asked the appellate court to stop the DOJ’s preliminary investigation against them due to grave abuse of discretion when the panel immediately submitted for resolution their counter-charge of rape against Navarro after failing to attend the hearing last Feb. 14.
But the DOJ already concluded the preliminary investigation and filed last week the charges of serious illegal detention with absorbed charges of serious physical injuries, grave threats and illegal arrest against the petitioners before the Taguig City regional trial court.
The crime charged under Article 267 of the Revised Penal Code is a non-bailable offense.
After preliminary investigation, the panel of three female prosecutors found probable cause in the complaint filed by Navarro against Cornejo, Lee, his sister Bernice, mixed martial artist Zimmer Raz, JP Calma, Ferdinand Guerrero and Jed Fernandez.
The DOJ panel also junked the counter-charge of rape filed by Cornejo against Navarro, saying her statement on the incident “demonstrates physical improbability.”
By Cecille Suerte Felipe, The Philippine Star
MANILA - Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas yesterday denounced the alleged “bata-bata” or patronage system in the Philippine National Police (PNP), saying there should be a “level playing field” in the promotion and assignment of officers in the police force.

“As ex-officio chair of the National Police Commission, the policy-making body of the PNP, one of those issues can be addressed with a new policy,” Roxas said, referring to the alleged rivalry between Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the Philippine Military Academy (PMA).
“There must be clear policies to promote and assign policemen to the right posts, especially the sensitive posts,” he said in Filipino.
The graduates of the PNPA claimed they were being left out in the promotion, selection and appointment of key officers when they pass through the PNP Senior Officers Promotion and Placement Board (SOPPB), whose members are all PMA graduates.
Concerned alumni of the PNPA lamented that 325 remaining PMAers occupied all the juicy positions in the PNP while few of the 3,636 PNPA graduates are assigned to positions “considered not in the mainstream of the PNP.”
The DILG chief directed Deputy Director General Felipe Roxas, PNP deputy chief for administration, to secure the PNPA officers’ letter containing the group’s grievances and review and make recommendations about it.
“We are studying it. Maybe after Holy Week, we will finish it,” Roxas said, referring to the PNPA Alumni Association letter dated April 7 signed by retired police general Tomas Rentoy, the group’s incoming president.
Initially, Roxas was concerned that the alleged rivalry that might escalate to a rift if not addressed immediately.
Asked if an officer’s source of commission – whether from PNPA or PMA – should be a basis in the promotion and assignment of a police officer, Roxas said: “It should not be.”
“We should not forget that we’re talking about security here and there are agencies in the PNP dealing with law and order, internal security, terroristic acts, narcotics trafficking and others,” he said.
The group also called on PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima to look at the source of commission of police officers and give a premium on merits, equality and justice.
The concerned PNPA alumni said “the PMA graduates hold all key positions of the PNP except health service, chaplain service and crime laboratory.”
Purisima is himself a PMAer, being a member of Class 1981.
“Even the Class A provincial police offices are held by PMAers and only Class B and C are predominantly held by graduates of PNPA,” the letter noted.
It added that members of PMA Class 1984 “are fortunate to occupy eight key positions in the PNP while (there are) none for the four PNPA graduates” of 1983.
It also noted that no PNPA Class 1984 is being promoted to chief superintendent or one-star general but PMA Class 1984 has 15 police generals.
Upon graduation from the PNPA, cadets would be conferred the rank of inspector, which is equivalent to lieutenant in the military rank and could choose to join one of the three services – PNP, Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology – all attached agencies of the DILG, it said.
Traditionally, most of the graduates of the PNPA join the PNP.
In 1991, President Aquino’s mother, the late President Corazon Aquino, initiated the demilitarization of the police force to address abuses and other human rights violations committed by the Philippine Constabulary/Integrated National Police during martial law.
Republic Act 6975 was signed, creating the PNP, which is national in scope but civilian in character, distinct from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). PMA Class 1992 became the last batch of military graduates to enter the PNP and will serve until 2026, upon reaching the mandatory retirement age of 56. The same law paved the way for the creation of the PNPA.
Last year, PMA alumni revived the effort to allow the reentry of PMA graduates into the PNP. A group of PMA graduates is urging both Purisima and AFP chief of staff Gen. Emmanuel Bautista to endorse to Aquino a draft executive order allowing PMA graduates into the PNP service and the Philippine Coast Guard.
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