Pacquiao makes quick return to Senate, commended by fellow lawmakers

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Senator Manny Pacquiao lived true to his promise.

Just two days after showing his dominance over Jessie Vargas to reclaim the WBO welterweight title, the now 12-time world champion in an unprecedented eight divisions made a hasty return to the Upper House in Pasay on Tuesday to attend the scheduled session.

And one of Pacquiao's fellow senators gave him a quick gift for the win.

Senator Sonny Angara issued a resolution commending Pacquiao for the said performance.

"The Senate of the Philippines congratulate and commend Senator Manny Pacquiao for winning against Mexican-American boxer Jessie Vargas and for claiming his third welterweight title via unanimous decision last November 6 at the Thomas and Mack Center, Las Vegas," the resolution reads.

The resolution also said, "Pacquiao's exraordinary accomplishments not only bring pride and joy to the country, they truly serve as an inspiration to the Filipino people. He demonstrates an unparalled resolve to overcome great odds and lead a positive and fruitful life... Pacquiao deserves to be once again commended for being an icon of sportsmanship, fortitude, perseverance and remarkable humility."

In return, Pacquiao showed his newly-won belt and "donated" it to the Senate.

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