Alarmed Manny Pacquiao beefs up security after IS threat

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Manila: Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao was shocked yesterday at President Benigno Aquino’s claim that Islamic militants planned to kidnap him, and said the alleged plot shouldn’t have been made public.

Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao

Aquino released a statement on Wednesday saying Abu Sayyaf, a notorious kidnap-for-ransom gang that has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group and beheaded a Canadian hostage this week, had planned to abduct Pacquiao or his children. I was alarmed. I’m surprised because all Filipinos are my friends.

I love them, especially Muslims. We’ve added security for my family and me,” he said.

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