The President of the Senate, Juan Ponce Enrile, announced Wednesday morning in the legislative session that the DFA should recall the ambassador Ray Carandang immediately.
He said, “[Let us] order the DFA to recall our ambassador to Buenos Aires and to call the ambassador of Argentina to this country to explain why they have the [nerve] to assault our flag, the honor, the dignity of this country represented by our boxer [who] went to their country thinking that country is a civilized country”.
Vicente Sotto III, Senate Majority Leader, backed the announced of Enrile and added that a complaint should also be registered to the International Boxing Federation in order to seek a ban on all promotions in Argentina, especially IBF-funded titles and championships.
He said, “Will we settle for this kind of bullying to Filipinos? We must condemn in the strongest possible terms this attack on a Filipino sports hero and the entire Philippine delegation. An insult to the Filipino contingent is an insult to our country”.
The Senate came in action after the Filipino boxer Johnriel Casimero won the title over Luis Alberto Lazarte from Argentina and was attacked by fans of the losing contestant.
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