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Presidential aspirant boxing icon and Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao’s claim that conflict in Mindanao continues because of lack of infrastructure development due to government neglect is not true and missing in context.

Pacquiao made the claim during the first presidential debate sponsored by the Commission on Elections last month. The candidates were asked the question “Tagumpay ba ang Build, Build, Build?” (Is Build, Build, Build a success?)

He replied: “Sa totoo lang, kaya po hindi maistop-stop yung kaguluhan sa Mindanao dahil napapabayaan. Wala pong  development na nangyayari kaya kailangan po talaga natin na madevelop ang Mindanao para po matigil ang kaguluhan sa Mindanao.”

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