Boxing great Manny Pacquiao has insisted he will help lead the way in the Phillippines’ battle with coronavirus.
The 41-year-old revealed he is ‘not afraid to die’ during his efforts to help citizens cope with the ongoing pandemic, but fears that looting will increase in his homeland as the crisis worsens.
Despite already helping pay for 50,000 testing kits and 700,000 face masks for fellow Filipinos, Pacquiao believes that he must remain a visible presence throughout the global health emergency.
A senator in the Phillipines, Pacquiao has made numerous public appearances in an attempt to reassure citizens amid the spread of the killer virus.
Pacquiao has also donated five buses to the government to transport health workers around Manila.
And speaking to the Manila Bulletin, Pacquiao revealed that it is duty to even risk his life in helping his fellow natives.
He said: ‘If you are a leader, you have to be a front-liner. You have to lead people and let people see that you are with them. I grew up poor. I know what they feel.’