Team Lakay fighters dedicate ONE Championship victories to Typhoon Ompong victims

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(CNN Philippines, September 24) — It was a successful outing for the Philippines as two of its prized fighters won in Indonesia over the weekend.

Joshua Pacio dethroned Yoshitaka Naito of Japan to claim the strawweight title and become the fourth current Filipino to hold a ONE Championship belt, while Danny Kingad scored a convincing unanimous decision victory against Japanese Yuya Wakamatsu in their flyweight contest.

READ: Pacio crowned as new ONE Championship strawweight king

Both Pacio and Kingad are members of Team Lakay — a martial arts group based in Baguio City.

The 22-year-old Pacio said he dedicates this latest triumph to the victims of Typhoon Ompong which affected the northern part of the Philippines.

"Last week, typhoons struck Baguio City, Benguet, and the Cordilleras. A lot of places were hit hard. Many people died and some are still missing. This is for all of them. I know that the Cordilleras will come back and rise again soon as one," Pacio said.

"Yung bout na ito, para talaga dun sa mga nasalanta ng typhoon dun sa Baguio, kasi doon sa Itogon, doon yung part na marami yung mga cousins ko. Thank God walang na-dali sa kanila, pero marami kaming mga kakikilala na natamaan," he added.

[Translation: This bout is for those who were devastated by the typhoon in Baguio, and in Itogon, where my cousins live. I thank God that no one among them was hurt, but a lot of whom I know were hit.]

"Masaya kasi para sa pamilya tapos sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo sa Itogon." Kingad said in a separate interview.

[Translation: I'm happy with this result because it's for my family and those ravaged by the typhoon in Itogon.]