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Zero Crime Rate in the Philippines During Pacquiao Boxing Match?


"Where in the world can you find a country with Zero Crime? The real answer is …there is none. The world’s most peaceful countries will have at least a crime or two, even if it’s just a domestic crime. But for a few hours, one country stands out from the rest and that is the Philippines, a country in Asia with 90 million people.

On Saturday December 6, 2008 (Sunday in the Philippines), the country becomes the most peaceful country in the world. The reason is, believe it or not, criminals are glued to their television sets to watch their favorite boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, in a boxing match with the equally-famous Oscar de la Hoya at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The last boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and David Diaz for the lightweight crown, there was hardly a crime committed in the country. In metro manila, “there was no registered reported for NCRPO for the period covered, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. during the duration of Pacquiao-Diaz fight, said Police Director Geary Barias, Chief of the National Capital Region (NCRPO). He added that there was also less number of vehicles in the streets of metro manila.

In the case of Pacquiao’s last fight with Erik Morales, nearly zero crime rate was reported throughout the country hours before and immediately after the fight. Even the separatists and known terrorist groups would bury their arms and come down from the hills to the areas where there is television just to watch the boxing event. The insurgent group, New Peoples Army (NPA) would even bring television sets up in the mountains complete with cable system to watch the fight live satellite or cable TV..."

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