MANILA, April 13 PNA) — Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Major Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr. said on Sunday the decisive win of Filipino boxing icon Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao over American Timothy Bradley symbolizes the Filipino’s capability to excel and rise in any challenge.

“The AFP shares with the Filipino people the victory of Manny Pacquiao. As a reserve officer in the Philippine Army, he manifested how Filipinos rise to excel in whatever undertaking we face as we all work hard to accomplish our goals as a people and as a nation. We are all honored by his victory,” he added.

Tutaan said they did not expect Pacquiao to lose in his rematch bout with Bradley as he worked very hard for the win.

Aside from this, the AFP spokesperson said that Pacquiao’s determination was also a big factor in his victory.

For his part, Philippine Army commander Lt. Gen. Hernando DCA Iriberri said the decisive win of Pacquiao over Bradley symbolizes the warrior spirit of the Filipino soldier.

“Today, the PA is one with the Filipino people in celebrating the victory of Manny Pacquiao. We stand proud once again that our very own Lt. Col. Manny Pacquiao (Reserve) emerged victorious in his bout against Tim Bradley,” he added.

“More than the display of a true warrior spirit, Pacman’s victory symbolizes the core values of the men and women of the PA’s honor, patriotism and duty. Our salute to Congressman Manny Pacquiao,” he said. (PNA)