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Which event do you think will come out a winner or loser tomorrow Sunday July 15, 2018. The one and only Pacquiao or INC Lingap? Well, how does the boxing world feel about  the great Pacman?

“Manny Pacquiao will step into a boxing ring for the 69th time as a professional on Saturday night when he faces hard-hitting Lucas Matthysse at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. As he approaches the age of 40, the fighter who was once considered the greatest boxer on the planet has watched the reflection of his finest years as a pugilist grow smaller and smaller in his rearview mirror until they are almost unrecognizable.

Nevertheless, he’ll step between the ropes again for reasons that appear to be clearly financially driven against Matthysse. It wasn’t long ago that any fight involving Pacquio would invariably be a PPV attraction. His bout against Matthysse will be streamed on ESPN+, which seems like a pretty steep falloff for a man who was involved in the biggest pay-per-view of all time just three years ago when he lost a unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. 

Sadly, nobody really cares about a Pacquiao fight in 2018.” 

You can read more about that fight here .

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And how about the INC Lingap? The Manila Times put out a story of this activity scheduled also for July 15, 2018.

“The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is set to hold a massive anti-poverty program under its Lingap sa Mamamayan (Lingap) project on July 15.

Around 150,000 people are expected to participate in the activity to be held at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila as “part of the Church’s resolve to do something concrete to combat poverty [in the country]and around the world,” according to INC general auditor Glicerio Santos Jr.

“Poverty is indeed a worldwide problem, but we are aware that it has and continues to be a serious issue in our own country. So while we are spreading our reach and living up to our responsibilities as global citizens, we have not forgotten that we are, first and foremost, Filipinos,” Santos said.”

The vision is perfect, almost anyway. A homegrown church with a membership of shall we say 5 million feeding and treating the needs of the rest of the world reaching as far as the continent of Africa. But come to think of it, how does the King secure the logistics for such an event. Easy, require all the locales to donate their share in the event through kind or equivalent money. There is also the Tanging Handugan or Special Offerings. The membership solely shoulders the expenses. Ministers? No they do not. Not even the King. WE the members support them, from the food they eat to the lavish lifestyles they support. And what verse do they show to support this?

Mateo 10:42 Ang Bagong Tipan: Filipino Standard Version (FSV) –
42 Sinumang magbigay ng isang basong tubig na malamig sa isa sa mga hamak na ito sa pangalan ng isang alagad, tinitiyak ko sa inyong hindi siya mawawalan ng gantimpala.”

(“Matthew 10:42 King James Version (KJV) –
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”)

Maybe we should have been content with that one glass of water. Doesn’t it say in the bible that we should “not add or take away”? So maybe it should have been only one glass, no more no less. Anyway,  back to the subject.

Curious though is the insistence of the King to hold it at the Quirino Grandstand. Wouldn’t it have been global in a sense if it had been held simultaneously in different  locales all over the Philippines? Much more practical too. The working brethren would not have a difficult time to participate since it is being conducted at their own locale. Every province and city would also have benefited then. Not like the proposed Luneta venue. Buses will be rented to ferry the visitors from their locales to the venue, then they will have to be brought back to their locales. The accompanying brethren will have to manage breakfast and lunch for their visitors and themselves because this is not included in the Lingap. Beneficiaries to the event would be limited.

Didn’t the King’s crooked knights foresee this? Of course they did. The problem here is publicity. No media coverage if done at the locales. The kingdom needs publicity, to present an image of godliness, compassion, and love towards its fellowmen. And there’s the Guinness to consider, right? But the way I see it, the King needs assurance that he is still in control and is subtly showing our political friends that he is still a force to be reckoned with come election year and that is next year – National and Local elections. Up for grabs is the position of Senator, Congressman,  Mayor, Vice-Mayor, etc. Easy money as they say, for the King and his Knights of the crooked table and some crumbs for Frank the pugs. Well, how can you blame them with all the mortgaged church properties nearing remata.

So how do you think the events will fare? A win-win or no-win situation? Your guess is as good as mine but I’ll consult Ms. Goofy. She’s quite fond of Frank the pug 🙂