In faraway Sibutu, they have yet to watch Manny’s fight PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 15 November 2011 16:16

SIBUTU, Tawi-tawi (MindaNews/13 November)  — Manny Pacquiao’s victory in his fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez may have earned jeers more than cheers but not for majority of the residents of this island town who have yet to watch the 12-round match because electricity here is only from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Susan Cocjin Indin, 46, an Ilongga married to a native of Sibutu, said “problema talaga pag walang koryente, hindi tayo makapanood nga laban ni Manny. Kung nandito lang yan si Congressman Nur Jaafar, may koryente yan.” (It’s a problem if there’s no electricity because we can’t watch the fight of Manny). “If Congressman Nur Jaafar were here, there would be electricity even at daytime,” she said.

Majority of the residents here learned about Pacquiao’s victory through text message from friends in the capital town of Bongao and from a few residents who own generators and who managed to watch the fight, with their neighbors watching as well.

Indin said they are hoping the boxing match would be replayed Sunday evening when the  Tawi-tawi Electric Cooperative (Tawelco) switches on the generator at 6
p.m. The generator is shut down by 11 p.m.

Sibutu, a four-year old town carved out of Sitangkai, is a three-hour ride on a small boat from Bongao. There is only one trip per day