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CHICAGO (JGL) – In team sports as in basketball or in football, if the ball captain or the quarterback is injured, another player or backup quarterback can always step up and the game continues to be played.


But in individual sport like boxing or cycling, if the boxer or cyclist suffers severe cramps (pulikat), the boxer can ask the referee to stop the fight or the cyclist can ask the organizer for a time out.


In the case of Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao, weeks before the biggest fight of his life when he injured his right shoulder, instead of under going an MRI examination to find out the extent of his injury, he continued with his workout without notifying the Nevada Boxing Commission, which can also order health examination for Manny and decide whether to postpone the fight or go on with it.


As it turned out, Manny aggravated the injured condition of his right shoulder which could have led to the tearing of his right rotator cuff that prevented him from being aggressive as he normally does in attacking Floyd Mayweather in the fourth round which could be considered as Manny’s best of the 12 rounds last May 2nd when he had Mayweather on the ropes.


I have yet to hear the comment of Manny’s cutman if the cutman got wind of Manny’s shoulder injury. If the cutman were not around when Manny sustained the shoulder injury during the sparring sessions, he should have been made aware of Manny’s condition. The cutman could have given preliminary recommendation for Manny to undergo MRI examination.


If the cutman knew about Manny’s shoulder injury and did not recommend that Manny undergo precautionary physical examination with a sports doctor who could recommend that Manny undergo an MRI examination, then Manny has all the reason to fire his good-for-nothing cutman.








But if the cutman was not around because Manny is a tightwad for not parting with 1-3% of his prize money with the cutman, then it is all Manny’s fault for listening to his trainer, advisor or promoter to go on with the fight, hoping that his injury will heal by fight time.


Manny cannot blame Mayweather either if Mayweather plants a “mole” or spy in Manny’s Team Pacquiao camp.


Manny should remember this when one is at war, everything is fair, including the application of Sun Tzu’s Art of War – you have to know yourself and your enemy if you want to win a war.


When Mayweather Promotions’ CEO Leonard Ellerbee told Yahoo’s Kevin Iole before the fight that “(Manny’s trainer) Freddie Roach thinks he runs a tight camp, but I know everything that’s happening there,” I don’t see anything wrong with Mr. Ellerbee’s  statement.


If “Mayweather’s camp was so aware of details from the camp of Manny Pacquiao that they even knew the days when he (Manny) changed morning running routine,” then Mayweather was on the money in applying Sun Tzu’s employment of “intelligence and espionage” on your enemy.


Manny should have paid big money to some of Mayweather’s trusted aides if Manny wanted to gather good information about the condition of Mayweather during their training period.


My only problem with Mayweather is that if his camp got wind of the shoulder injury of Manny, he should have advised Manny to consult a sports doctor about Manny’s  condition.


If not, should Mayweather take pride in beating a one-armed opponent on the night when all the people in the universe were watching?








As it is, I firmly believe that now that it was proven by medical tests that Manny really had a torn rotator cuff before the fight and Manny re-injured it in the fourth round, when boxing history is written, the 48-0 record of Mayweather beating Manny (57-6-2, 38 KOs) by unanimous decision should have a question mark or an asterisk because when Mayweather fought Manny, Mayweather was in top shape while Manny was nursing a severe injury.


By keeping silent about Manny’s injured condition, Mayweather validated the class action lawsuit filed by a pay-per-view viewer (Plaintiff Ryla Bouchier) of the Fight of the Century that Mayweather, Manny and the promoters conspired in hyping up the fight but concealed Manny’s health condition before the fight so they could amass millions of dollars of profit that they would not earn if Manny’s injured condition were disclosed before the fight.


If Mayweather, Manny and their promoters would not own up their mistakes for conspiring in silence and would not return the money earned from the public because of their alleged fraud and deception, even if they hire the best lawyers in the universe, they will only end up unjustly enriching their lawyers and leaving them destitute of credibility if the various United States district courts find for the plaintiffs of 32 class actions suits, and still counting, including their alleged violations of 18 U.S.C. Section 1961, The Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO), in a class suit seeking excess of “the sum or value of $500,000,000, exclusive of interest and costs.” 


Those found guilty of racketeering can be fined up to $25,000 and sentenced to 20 years in prison per racketeering count. In addition, the racketeer must forfeit all ill-gotten gains and interest in any business gained through a pattern of "racketeering activity."


If they forfeit all their ill-gotten gains and pay $25,000 for each count of their violation for racketeering, how can Manny and Mayweather ever have a rematch if they are jailed for 20 years for each racketeering count? I rest my case.


And I got a late call from a friend (Marlon L. Pecson), saying, for those, still wanting to file or join a class action suit against Manny and Mayweather and their promoters, they can contact Chicago Administrative Law Judge Phil Bernstein, a friend of the Filipino American community. Atty. Philip L. Bernstein can be reached at Bernstein & Associates, 8044 N. Overhill Avenue, Niles IL 60714, 773.710.8258 or E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Good luck to your case! (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)




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CHICAGO (JGL) – When in Rome, do what the Romans do.


This is one of the cornerstones of the Roman civilization that was carried over by the Western World.


If you are in a foreign land, you have to do what your hosts are doing. If you want to associate with the natives, you have to learn their cultures, customs and their ways of living to get by. That is, if you are going to be an immigrant.


But if you are only passing by a foreign land, like a visitor, there is really no need to immerse yourself in your hosts’ homegrown culture, including brushing up with the native tongue of your hosts.


When President Aquino (PNoy) came to Chicago, Illinois a few weeks ago, there was really no need for him to brush up with his English language because English is the Philippines’ second language.


But a Chicago Filipino American editor-publisher Orly Bernardino of Philippine Weekly (Feedback, May 15, 2015, p. 3) suggested that Mr. Aquino should have spoken English, not Tagalog (Filipino), when he delivered his speech before the Filipino community, in deference to some non-Filipino speaking guests in the audience.


While Mr. Bernardino’s suggestion appears to be laudable because it was also the same suggestion I had when then Vice President Joseph “Erap” Estrada came to Chicago nearly two decades ago, there is really nothing wrong with Mr. Aquino speaking Filipino during his public speech before the Filipino community because in the words of Midwest Philippine Consul General Generoso D. G. Calonge, “Mr. Aquino was focused on speaking to the Filipino community” and apologized to the non-Filipinos before speaking in Filipino the whole time.


When I asked Erap why he was speaking English during his Philippine Independence Day speech in Chicago, Erap told me, “nakakahiya naman sa mga makikinig ng aking salita na hindi nakaka-intende ng Filipino.” (I was deferring to some in the audience, who don’t speak Filipino.)


Now, I realize that the answer to a question on the speaker’s use of language to deliver depends on the timing of the speech.








When Erap was speaking in English in 1996 in Chicago, he was very inclusive as he was in a campaign mode for the upcoming 1998 Philippine presidential elections. He wanted his message to reach a bigger audience so he could promote his upcoming presidential bid.


Perhaps, then Vice President Estrada still recalled Filipino linguist and Senator Roseller T. Lim, the “Great Filibuster,” who spoke all the major Philippine languages during his pre-martial law campaign speeches to charm the Filipino voters.


When President Aquino spoke a few weeks ago in Chicago, his message was exclusive to the Filipino community because he is no longer campaigning but winding down the affairs of his presidency. He does not need to curry favor to the Filipino community, much more to the non-speaking guests in the audience. Mr. Aquino only wanted to reach out to the community and make his report to them as part of his farewell tour.


To mollify critics, ConGen Calonge said, “We readily made available a copy of the English translation of the President’s speech the following day to those who requested a copy.”


Mr. Aquino did not even find time to face the local and mainstream media, even for five or 15 minutes, because in the words of his spokesperson, Sec. Herminio “Sonny” Coloma, Ph. D., of the PCOO (Presidential Communications Operations Office), “the President’s working visit to Chicago and the ensuing state visit to Canada was simply hectic.








“I recall that after we arrived in Chicago, we proceeded immediately to a function room of the JWMarriott hotel for the courtesy call of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. Then, the President had to go to the TransUnion building to attend the business forum. Again, I seek your kind understanding.”


Before Mr. Aquino spoke, he was preceded by the English speeches of Consul General Calonge (pronounced Ca-lon-he) and Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., who both summed up the meat of what Mr. Aquino was about to say – the  glowing report on Philippine economy that Mr. Aquino would only be reprising the two if he spoke in English.


I noticed, too, this when Filipino entertainer Noel Cabangon was singing in Filipino, the non-Filipino speakers in the audience, particularly U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, were swaying to the beat and also singing the Filipino lyrics belted by Mr. Cabangon. It only showed that music is a universal language, which does not need an interpreter.  


When Mr. Aquino met with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and executives of the U.S. ASEAN Business Council, U.S.-Chamber of Commerce and National Center, Mr. Aquino spoke in English.


Mr. Bernardino’s colleague in his Philippine Weekly, Romy Sager (Sound Bites, May 22, 2015, p.34), faulted “the Philippine Consulate General in Chicago (for failure) to provide an interpreter” to Mr. Aquino during his speech before the community, citing the “second-nature for Japanese or Chinese leaders to have an interpreter by their side anywhere they go.”


This suggestion is fine if Mr. Aquino does not speak English. The only downside is that since Mr. Aquino knows English, he will have to translate himself into English every Filipino paragraph of his speech, thereby, prolonging his speech. And this will certainly put the interpreter's job in jeopardy.


As to Mr. Bernardino’s criticism that there was lack of U.S. flag during Mr. Aquino’s speech, ConGen Calonge reiterated that the event was focused on the Filipino community and there was no need for the U.S. flag. On the other hand, Mr. Calonge explained that when President Aquino met with Mayor Emanuel “we made sure that there were Philippine and U.S. flags.”


As to the deep-dish pizza experience of President Aquino in Chicago? Sonny Coloma said when he asked Cabinet Secretary Rene Almendras about it, “it was a hurried snack, owing to the hectic schedule” taken by the President during a half “hour’s respite for the President’s delegation” between two events awaiting them. But Sonny has yet to hear from President how the deep-dish pizza tasted. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)




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