Filipinos all around the globe were jubilant over the renowned boxing champ Manny Pacquiao’s victory against Lucas “The Machine” Matthyse during their recent duking out in Malaysia. However, it appears that not all of us were entirely pleased with the news. In his recent article published on Bulgar, Father Robert Reyes, also known as the “running priest,” opened up about the love of the Filipino community towards boxing.
Moreover, Father Reyes added that the boxer turned senator’s bouts contribute quite a bit to the Philippine economy. Nevertheless, the running priest thinks that Pacquiao’s matches would never help in resolving the nation’s crises.
“Napakalakas ng hatak ng boksing sa maraming mamamayan. Napakalakas ding kumiliti ng ekonomiya. Subalit, walang mababago sa ekonomiya at lalong walang mababago sa matinding krisis ng katotohanan, katarungan, dangal at kapayapaan. Mayroon kayang magagawa sa pagbangon ng tunay na pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit sa kultura, kasaysayan at kasarinlang Pilipino?”
Further, Father Reyes expressed his dismay in his piece knowing that his countrymen would rather watch Pacquiao’s fight than go to church. Now that we think about it, if not all of his highly-publicized face-offs, Pacquiao’s matches are often scheduled on Sundays. The running priest wrote in his piece:
“Pansamantalang tumigil ang lahat kamakalawa, ngunit, hindi upang ipagdiwang ang Sabbath ng Diyos. Kaya pa kaya nating bumalik sa Sabbath, sa panahon, sa espiritu ng tunay na Diyos na siyang magbibigay sa atin ng tunay na katarungan, kapayapaan at kalayaan?”
What do you think?