Unnecessary strikes weren’t the only thing unleashed during the salacious – and televised – “basketbrawl,” as varying opinions from celebrities and known athletes about the matter also made the rounds. Many fans agreed with the Gilas Pilipinas players’ decision to engage in a fistfight with the Australia Boomers. However, for boxing-champ-turned-senator Manny Pacquiao, the squabble was unwarranted and the Philippine team should apologize for their behavior.
In an ambush interview, Sen. Manny Pacquiao aired his side about the controversial incident.
“Dapat tayo ang mag-control dahil tayo ang host, dapat ipakita natin ang passion at pagpapakumbaba. Para makita ng buong mundo na mapagpakumbaba tayo. Hindi naman maiiwasan ang mga ganyang pangyayari.”
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The match was held at Philippine Arena on Monday, June 2. Tons of online users and public figures gave their two cents about the squabble. Manny then furthered that the bench players should specially say sorry to their adversary.
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“‘Yong mga players na nakisali sa gulo, especially ‘yong mga players na nasa bench lang na humalo, nakigulo, [dapat mag-apologize]. Gano’n dapat. Ang gulo anytime madali ‘yang pasukan, anytime pwede ka maghanap ng gulo pero ang importante dun ay ang record, ang pangalan natin.”
Watch Manny’s entire interview below.
See how netizens reacted to Manny Pacquiao’s statement.