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PROPOSED PH BOXING COMBAT SPORTS COMMISSION. Senator Christopher Lawrence Go (left), chairperson of the Senate Committee on Sports and Committee on Health and Demography, expresses support for the creation of a Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission during the hearing held at the Senate in Pasay City on Wednesday (March 4, 2020). Beside him is Senator Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, while shown at inset are Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez), Games and Amusement Board Chairman Abraham Khalil Mitra, and other resource persons. (PNA photo by Avito C. Dalan)

Go supports protection, welfare of combat sports athletes

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go reiterated his commitment to help the Filipino athletes as he pushed for the passage of two Senate bills that seek to create a Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission. 

“I express my full support for the objectives of Senate Bill No. 193 and Senate Bill No. 805,” Go said during Wednesday’s public hearing jointly conducted by the Senate committees on sports, finance, and health and demography. 

He said the bills would not only strengthen and develop the quality of the country’s professional boxing and combat sports but “also ensure the protection and welfare of its athletes.” 

“The achievement of the objectives under the proposed Senate bills can be a step in the right direction. This will not only provide a big boost to Philippine boxing and other combat sports. It will also secure the country’s rightful place as a serious contender in the sporting world,” Go added. 

The lawmaker from Davao City acknowledged the contribution to the country of great Filipino boxers, including eight-division world champion, Senator Manny Pacquiao, who filed Senate Bill (SB) 193. 

“Ang diskarte, tapang, at galing na kanilang pinamalas sa loob ng boxing ring ay nagbigay ng malaking karangalan sa bansa at sa buong lahing Pilipino (The strategies, courage, and skills they displayed inside the boxing ring brought great honors to our country and to the whole Filipino race),” he said. 

Go also called for greater support for the Filipino athletes. 

“Sana ay maisip din po natin na naabot nila ang tagumpay sa kabila ng konting suporta na nagmumula sa gobyerno. Paano na lang kaya kung itodo pa natin ang ating suporta sa mga ito? (We should remember that they became successful despite small support from government. How much more if we will give our all-out support),” he said. 

With the emergence and popularity of combat sports in the country, Go said he believes that “if we also give our full support to these emerging combat sports, they will become a source of prestige, honor and medals for the country.” 

He urged other government officials to support the plight of boxers and other combat sports athletes. 

“Napatunayan na po ng ating mga atletang Pilipino ang kakayahan nila sa larangan ng sports. Sa pamamagitan ng mga panukalang ito, patunayan din po natin – bilang mga miyembro ng Senado at ng gobyerno – na sinusuportahan natin ang mga atleta ng ating bayan (The Filipinos have proven what they can do in the field of sports. Through these bills, let us prove as members of the Senate and the government that we support our athletes),” Go said. PNA

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