President Duterte has earned the admiration of social media after photos showing him watched the Pacquiao-Matthysse fight from the general admission circulated online.
Netizens like Lailani Cayanan, Bebilyn Fabicon Natividad and Ngao Eric commented that he felt proud of the president for refusing to use his position to demand VIP treatment and for being humble.
“Yan ang pangulo namin simple lang hindi paVIP @ very supportive. Congrats Sen.Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao wala lang katulad Manny haha! Mabuhay Tatay Digong @ 🇵🇭! 👊🏻💖🥊🏆🤗”
“True yn npkahumble n pres.saludo po kmi mga pilipino sa inyo nkakatouch at see hw he dress so simple yet so great”
“Nakakabilib wala man sya sa Ring Side or Vip nasa pinakataas lang sya. :)”
However, GMA News reporter Ivan Mayrina said President Duterte watched the Pacquiao fight in the VIP section, and not in general admission section as reported in social media previously.
Whether GMA News reporter Ivan Mayrina deliberately twisted his facts or what, retired broadcaster Jay Sonza did not waste his time, took to Facebook to give Mayrina a short but informative lesson pertinent to boxing ring seating plan and pricing.
Sonza ended the post with a message to Mayrina (Merina) in Kapampangan.
Read the full text below.
Ang talino naman ng GMA reporter na nagsabing nasa VIP section si PRRD sa laban ni Pacquiao. Ang ticket sa VIP SECTION (mismong sa harap ng boxing ring) is reserved for major sponsors (US$1-5 million), world boxing champions and dignitaries (invited by the promoter) only. Ringside tickets are peg between $1,000-2,000. Iyong general admission area kung saan naroon sina Messrs. Duterte at Mahatir ay may presyong $150.00. TANGA AT BOBO LANG ANG HINDI NAKAKAALAM NITO.
Ivan Merina, manigaral kang masalese itu ban kanita eka lulwal a makarine, maklak a buntok ampong lulto turak ne, dipa ning mayap abe. emu ing mangapatakla keng pisamban ing makarine itu.
Anthony William joked that Ivan Mayrina was correct because two of the very important persons of both countries were there.
Tama sir Jay Sonza. It just looks VIP kasi andun ang dalawang importanteng tao ng dalawang bansa. Dyan sa mga kritiko ni Duterte dahil nanood sya sa Laban ni Pacquiao, magisip kayo at ikumpara ang ginawang panonood ni Lugaw Queen sa America ng NBA. Kumpara nyo mga goblok.
Pia Orena shared Sonza’s observation of the GMA reporters.
“ANG BOBOBO talaga ng mga taga GMA7. Number 1 idiot nila ay yung supot na si Joseph Moron.”
Jeng Chiongson remarked that it appears the new breed of reporters were hired based on good voice.
“Dinadaan na lang yata sa ganda ng boses ang mga new generation of reporters”