To affirm that all's well in his family, world boxing champion Manny Pacquaio hugged and kissed his wife Jinkee in public this morning, November 20, downplaying rumors that he is having an affair with a sexy actress.
Manny arrived in Manila from Los Angeles around 5:30 a.m., accompanied by Jinkee, his parents Dionisia and Rosalio, members of his training team, and Deputy National Security Adviser Chavit Singson.
Krista Ranillo, the rumored girlfriend of the boxing champ, was not on the same flight.
The newly-crowned World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion was beaming warmly as he met the welcoming team at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2. He was greeted by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Lito Atienza, Philippine Sports Commission chairman Harry Angping, Manny's family, fans, and the media
Manny first asked to see his children Princess, Michael, and Jemuel, embracing them tightly, before he answered questions from the press. His fourth child, Queen Elizabeth, was not present.
Because the People's Champ is set to a hectic schedule today, time allotted for questions was greatly limited. Manny immediately thanked his fans when he arrived.
"Gusto ko lang pasalamatan ang mga kababayan ko sa walang sawang pagsuporta at pagdasal sa huling laban ko at sana masaya kayong lahat sa naging resulta," he said in his arrival speech.
No questions were asked to clarify the Pacman's alleged affair with Krista. The crowd, however, teased Manny to kiss his wife. He gladly obliged, and Jinkee gamely returned the kiss.
Later, in a sit-down interview on GMA-7's morning show Unang Hirit, Manny said there is no problem in his family right now.
"Okay naman kami, walang problema," the boxing champ said.
Jinkee, on the other hand, explained the reason for her breakdown during a Holy Mass homily abroad. In a video shown on news programs, Jinkee was shown sobbing on a friend's shoulder when the priest was explaining the importance of family. She chose to ignore Manny, who was sitting beside her.
According to Jinkee, she cried for no other reason but that she was just missing her children.
"Meaningful kasi yung homily, na-touch ako at saka na-miss ko lang ang mga anak ko," she said.
SCHEDULE. According to GMANews.tv, Manny's motorcade would pass through Quezon Avenue, Espana Blvd., Lacson Street, Taft Avenue, and Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue before ending at the Pag-ibig Head Office along Makati Avenue in Makati City.
After the parade, Manny will attend a victory show organized by GMA-7 at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
He will then shuttle to the Quirino Grandstand to receive his "Order of Sikatuna" with the Rank of Datu (Katangiang Ginto), for his outstanding achievement.
A dinner with executives of Solar at the Manila Hotel will end the boxing superstar's day.