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Manny Pacquiao officially promoted as Lieutenant Colonel of Philippine Army

By on Dec 5, 2011 in Asia Comments

Manila, Philippines – Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao was officially promoted as Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army.

Lt Col. Manny Pacquiao (center), receiving his new
rank from Army Chief Major Gen. Emmanuel Bautista
(left) and Brigadier General Alex Albano

Image Credit: Philippine Army handout

As noted at ABS-CBN News on Monday, December 05, 2011, world boxing champion and Sarangani Congressman Representative Manny Pacquiao has now an official rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

According to reports, Lt Col. Manny Pacquiao, who won against Juan Manuel Marquez via a controversial majority decision last month, was awarded at Fort Bonifacio that morning.

Philippine Army Commanding General Major Gen. Emmanuel Bautista and Brigadier General Alex Albano formally gave Pacquiao a shoulder board bearing the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

“I want to take my role and responsibility to higher ground, to compensate for the discomfort I probably caused the Philippine Army family when some personalities questioned my commissionship as lieutenant colonel,” Manny Pacquiao was quoted in his acceptance speech.

“Obviously, I am not trained for military operations, but it should be emphasized that reservists, by their true nature, are civilian provisional first and military personnel second,” He added, who also became the executive officer of the Sarangani 1st Early Reserve Battalion.

Lt. Col. Manny Pacquiao earned his rank effective last September 21 and his papers were signed by Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa on the authority of President Benigno Aquino III (PNoy), who is also the Commander in chief of the military.

Apparently, the decision of Malacanang to promote Pacquiao was highly criticized by some groups and individuals, noting that he did not finish college, which is one of the qualifications for that rank.

However, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda stressed out that Pacquiao was entitled to his rank being an elected Congressman and has brought honor to the country.

Pacquiao, 32, was enlisted in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army as Sergeant on April 27, 2006 and was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant before that year ended.

On October 7, 2007, he was promoted to Master Sergeant and was elevated to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant on May 4, 2009, with the boxer noting that he never asked to be promoted.

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