ABS-CBNNews.com reports that "the camp of Manny Pacquiao has denied that the boxer mauled a barangay captain in General Santos City." The report noted: "In a report by the Manila Times’ Llanesca Panti, Pacquiao’s chief-of-staff Jeng Gacal countered the accusations made by San Jose barangay chairman Alfredo Belgica."
According to the report, "Belgica claimed that Pacquiao and his bodyguards ganged up on him when he confronted the Sarangani congressman for allegedly distributing rice and money shortly before the elections." However, Gacal said, "That is not true. In fact, they [Belgica's camp] were the ones who mauled our supporters, fired shots at them, destroyed the vehicles. Pacquiao learned about what happened over the radio, and he went to the scene to pacify the people."
The report further revealed: "Belgica is an ally of now former General Santos City Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio, a supporter of South Cotabato Rep. Pedro Acharon. Acharon is an opponent of Pacquiao's younger brother, Rogerio "Ruel" Pacquiao, in the South Cotabato polls."
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