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Political Dynasties in the Philippines: In My Opinion

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA – The relatively unknown undefeated American boxer Timothy Bradley defeated the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao through an arguably controversial split decision victory in the presence of booing MGM Grand crowd for the WBO Welterweight title minutes ago. American ringside judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross score the fight 115-113 for Bradley. Judge Jerry Roth gives it 115-113 to Pacquiao.

At the early rounds, Manny Pacquiao dominated the rounds by carefully planting his one-two combinations. At the end of the third, the Filipino pugilist unraveled his sneaky combinations despite the ‘stick-and-go’ style of the American boxer. The eight-time world champion was able to dominate and tame Bradley through uppercuts and sporadic jabs.

On the fifth round, despite being hit with clean shots, Bradley seem to just shake off the Filipino’s onslaught by his counterpunches. In the middle of the sixth round, though, many boxing aficionados would concur that Manny was not able to follow up his attacks.

On the eighth round, Bradley seemed to stand up and box and try to keep up with Manny’s relatively slower attacking pace. Hard shots were released by the Filipino fighter yet the ‘Desert Storm’ was able to stand his ground by again clinching and hardly leaning his head on his opponent in the process.

On the tenth round, on the only apparent 'Bradley round', the American pugilist was able to hit the Filipino fighter a couple of times in the head during their encounters although Bradley is always backing down the canvas. On the last two rounds, Bradley’s backpedalling has become apparent when the champion pushes the pressure on the undefeated fighter.

After the fight, everyone was in shock on the announcement of the decision: two of the three American judges see it 7 to 5 rounds for Bradley. Awarding the Californian his third world title belt and his 29th straight win.

The MGM Grand-audience seemed to echo the same dismayed sentiment for most boxing fans not withstanding the feisty Filipino crowd. Everyone including Manny, in an interview, believed that he won the fight which should have been his 16th straight win.

Manny Pacquiao landed 253 of his 493 punches compared to Bradley's 159 of 390 punches. On the final punch statistic, the Filipino champ had a higher punching percentage of 39% compared to Bradley's 28%.

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Weight Designation
Won by
December 4, 1998
WBC World Flyweight title
Chatchai Sasakul
KO 8 of 12
June 23, 2001
IBF Super Bantamweight
Lehlohonolo Ledwaba
TKO 6 of 12, 0:59
November 15, 2003
Ring Magazine World Featherweight Title
Marco Antonio Barrera
TKO 11 of 12, 2:56
March 15, 2008
Won WBC and vacant Ring Magazine Super Featherweight Title
Juan Manuel Marquez
W (Split Decision)
June 28, 2008
WBC World Lightweight Title
David Diaz
TKO 9 of 12, 2:24
May 2, 2009
IBO and Ring Magazine World Light Welterweight Title
Ricky Hatton
KO 2 of 12, 2:59
November 14, 2009
WBO Welterweight Title
Miguel Angel Cotto
TKO 12 of 12, 0:55
November 13, 2010
WBC Light Middleweight Title
Antonio Margarito
W (Unanimous Decision)

THEN. The younger and skinnier Pacquiao before he became a world champion.

NOW. Speaking at the Congress with much vigor and renewed faith.

Here's the list of government officials with the most number of cases filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman.

10 - Department of Justice - 98 corruption cases

9 - Department of Social Welfare and Development - 148 cases

8 - Department of Environment and Natural Resources - 155

7 - Bureau of Customs - 177

6 - Armed Forces of the Philippines - 304

5 - Bureau of Internal Revenue - 416

4 - The Philippine Information Agency - 490 cases
3 - Members of the Department of Education - 562
2 - Members of the Philippine National Police are second on the list with 1,128 complaints against them 

1 - City and municipal mayors topped the list of government officials with the most number of cases filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman last year.

The 3,852 cases were filed against mayors in 2011, of which 2,075 were lodged in the anti-graft agency’s central office in Metro Manila.

The Office of the Ombudsman’s finance and management information office (FMIO) said 633 cases were filed in the Luzon office, 600 in the Visayas, and 544 in Mindanao.

Runner-ups include 92 cases that were filed against personnel of the Department of Finance; Department of Health, 87; Department of Public Works and Highways, 86; Department of Agrarian Reform, 81; Commission on Higher Education, 57; Commission on Elections, 54; National Labor Relations Commission, 48; Bureau of Fire Protection, 47;   and the National Bureau of Investigation and National Economic Development Authority, both with 45 cases.

The FMIO report also listed 14 agencies with the least number of cases filed in 2011. The agencies include the Laguna Lake Development Authority, Local Civil Registrar, Philippine National Oil Co., Senate and the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority.

The Office of the Ombudsman though, failed to provide information on the status of the complaints.