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Army sergeant in running for Olympic gold

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 05:34pm (Mla time) 11/28/2007

JOLO, Sulu — Amateur boxer Harry Tañamor, who will make his second consecutive appearance in the Summer Olympics next year, said he would not trade his Army uniform for a professional boxing career, notwithstanding the lure of big bucks and celebrity.


“I prefer to be a soldier. It’s a lifetime of service here,” Tañamor told reporters at Camp Bautista here, where he accompanied Army Chief Lieutenant General Alexander Yano and professional boxing champion Manny Pacquiao on a visits to troops in the frontline of a campaign against the extremist Abu Sayyaf.

“It would be good if I become popular if I go professional, but I am okay,” he added.

Tañamor is a regular Army sergeant, assigned to the Armed Forces Support Command at general headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo.

Pacquiao, whose successive wins earned him celebrity status, is a reservist who was recently promoted to the highest rank for enlisted men, master sergeant.

Tañamor will attempt to win for the country its first ever gold medal in the Beijing Olympics next year.

He was eliminated in the quarterfinals of the 2004 Sydney Olympics.

He won three consecutive light flyweight gold medals in the 2001, 2003, and 2005 Southeast Asian Games.

He said he would skip this year’s edition of the SEA Games in December to concentrate on his Olympic preparations.

Yano told reporters that Tañamor was the first Filipino boxer to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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Pacquiao exhorts troops to ‘knock out’ Abu Sayyaf

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By Joel Guinto
Last updated 01:50pm (Mla time) 11/28/2007

JOLO, Sulu — Comparing the fight against terrorism to the sport that brought him fortune and fame, boxing champion Manny Pacquiao rallied soldiers on the frontlines against extremists here to “knock out” the enemy.


“We can compare the war on terrorism to boxing. You have to be prepared and have the determination to win,” Pacquiao said in a speech before troops of the 104th Infantry Brigade in Busbus village here.

“Let’s strive to knock out the enemy,” said Pacquiao, a reservist master sergeant in the Philippine Army.

Looking more like a rebel with his long hair, moustache, and beard, Pacquiao was warmly received by the troops.

Army Chief Lieutenant General Alexander Yano said he had requested Pacquiao to shave, but the latter refused, saying he was shooting a movie.

“You are also allowed not to shave if you are shooting a movie,” Yano quipped to the troops.


”We should be alert, especially against surprise blows, or the enemy might score,” Pacquiao said in his pep talk.

“Let’s continue the fight until we achieve victory for our country,” he said.

Pacquiao reiterated the same message when he and Yano visited the headquarters of the 35th Infantry Battalion in Indanan town.

Later Wednesday afternoon, Yano will bring Pacquiao to Basilan.

Since last years, government troops have been engaged in a campaign against the extremist Abu Sayyaf in Sulu and Basilan.

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