Statement of Senator Pia S. Cayetano
“I congratulate Nonito ‘The Filipino Flash’ Donaire Jr. for his impressive win via technical knockout (TKO) over Fernando Montiel, knocking down the Mexican champion in the second round of their 12-round duel and snaring the WBC and WBO bantamweight crown.
“Nonito showed that success is possible through discipline, a well-thought out fight plan and hard work. It’s about time the world take notice of the Philippines, which can proudly lay claim to producing two of the best pound-for-pound boxing champions of our time in Manny Pacquiao and Nonito Donaire.
“I know Nonito personally not only as a fierce fighter, but also as a gentleman outside the ring with a big heart and compassion for others. He goes out of his way to help differently abled children and kids facing tough circumstances through the Gabriel’s Symphony Foundation which I founded in memory of my son. To me, Donaire’s humble demeanor despite all the succees he has achieved personifies a true Filipino world-class champion.”