MANILA, Philippines—If not zero, the Philippine National Police believes that there will be another significant decrease in the crime rate in the country on Sunday when Congressman Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao goes against Juan Manuel Marquez for the fourth time in their storied boxing careers in Las Vegas.
Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo said Friday this was based on past experiences where there was either zero-crime rate or a “dramatic” drop in figures every time Pacquiao would fight.
“. . . sa karanasan natin sa mga prevous fights, medyo lahat ay nagsasaya, and that includes yung mga [In our experience form the previous fights, everybody is happy and that includes] criminal elements,” Cerbo said, adding that he hopes for the same on Sunday.
His prediction of the fight? Cerbo said he would think that the fight would last eight rounds, in favour, of course, of the Saranggani congressman via knockout.
Meanwhile, Cerbo said PNP’s Public Safety Mutual Benefit Fund Inc. would sponsor Sunday a special live viewing of the fight at the National Headquarters in Camp Crame.
He said the viewing would be made free for police officers given that they present a valid ID.
The live viewing at the multi-purpose hall will be open for officers at 8 a.m. until the fight’s main event. The venue can hold up to 3,000 people.
But Cerbo assured the public that the PNP would be vigilant against crime during the bout because “our mandate is to preserve peace and order”.
“ . . . yung aming mandate na mag maintain mag-preserve ng peace and order ay tuloy-tuloy given yung laban ni Pacquiao sa Linggo,” he said, adding that there would be replays for those who won’t be able to watch it live. Jamie Marie Elona