• Manny Pacquiao fired back at barangay official
  • Pacquiao said the disclosure of letter was a violation of his privacy
  • Pacquiao clarified that his family was already practicing safety measures prior to the letter

It’s not everyday that Manny Pacquiao gets furious. Not even his former rivals’ antics could make the Filipino boxing icon retaliate in rage.

But in another battle outside the ring, the Pacman could not contain his rare anger as he called out his residence’s barangay chairman for what he perceived was an unjust disclosure of a private letter that ordered him and his family to self-quarantine amid the Coronavirus scare.

Chairman Rossana Hwang of Barangay Dasmarinas distributed a copy of her letter addressed to Pacquiao which sought to ask the Senator’s family to isolate themselves after their house was used in an event attended by one of Pacquiao’s fellow legislators who tested positive for COVID-19.

“You have been identified as a person under monitoring after the picture of you and (Senator Aquilino) Koko Pimentel in your house seen partying together went viral. Many of your colleagues in the Senate have been identified to be COVID positive. Therefore, you have to be quarantined at your own house,” wrote Hwang.

“For your own family and household’s safety, please have yourself self-quarantined, stay home. No one including any of your household can come out,” they added.

Pacquiao issued his own statement, per The Philippine Daily Inquirer, in retaliation of the leakage of the document which, he said, “has been subject of several news reports and malicious social media posts.”

“I wish to know how this private letter addressed to me went around social media with total disregard to my right to privacy. Meantime, I will refer this matter to the appropriate agency for proper investigation to avoid the same incident from happening,” Pacquiao’s letter read.

Contrary to the official’s assumption, Pacquiao pointed out that he and his family had already been practicing safety precautions even before they were asked to do so.

“Prior to your directive the members of my family and I have been observing proper social distancing and have once again placed ourselves on quarantine since March 24, Tuesday,” Pacquiao added.

Finally, Pacquiao clarified that the event in his residence was a political meeting that was set to discuss the Coronavirus crisis, rather than a “party” as what was impressed in the letter from the barangay.

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WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao looks on during a news conference at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on January 16, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his title against Adrien Broner on January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Getty Images/Ethan Miller