Pacquiao offers free lawyers for ‘laglag-bala’ victims, blasts Palace’s non-sympathy

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  • Boxer says he has a team of lawyers who can provide help to victims of the scam
  • Palace should really care more about solving the cases even if they’re “isolated”
  • OFWs are modern-day heroes, they should not be treated like this, he adds

MANILA, Philippines – At this point, Manny Pacquiao is arguably doing a better job handling the ‘laglag-bala’ fiasco than Malacañang Palace — and that’s saying something.

On Saturday, the boxing superstar and representative of Sarangani announced he had set up a team of lawyers who would be offering free legal assistance to those caught up in the scam.

“I have assigned a team of lawyers that will render free assistance,” he told Sun Star. “Those who have been victimized and who want to avail of free services may contact lawyer Jojo Bondoc at 09209211162.”

Aside from providing free legal aid, Pacquiao also called on the Palace to take swift and concrete steps to solve the problem especially as it is affecting lots of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“This kind of modus is destroying not only the image of our country but also the honor and dignity of our innocent OFWs and others who have been victimized as well,” he said.

The boxer then cited the case of Gloria Ortinez, the Hong Kong-bound domestic helper who was held last Sunday after a bullet was discovered inside her bag as proof that people will inevitably suffer if the government doesn’t do something drastic.

“She was set free, but can she still regain her reputation which was destroyed?” he asked. “Will she still have a job waiting for her? Who’s going to pay for the damage to her name?”

Pointing to Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma’s earlier nonchalant statement about the cases being isolated, Pacquiao said the government nonetheless is obliged to protect the riding public against unscrupulous airport personnel.

“We should prioritize and focus on finding a solution to this problem regardless if the cases are isolated or not,” he said.