[box type=”default” size=”large”] ‘Upper Chamber is not a place for action man like him’ [/box]
MANILA — Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s colleagues in the House of Representatives are urging him to think twice before he decides to run for senator in the 2016 elections, warning that his possible election to the Senate is “tantamount to exiling him to perdition.”
AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe and MAGDALO party-list Rep. Francisco Ashley Acedillo cautioned Pacquiao against running for senator after Vice President Jejomar Binay declared that the eight-division world boxing champion is ripe to join the Upper Chamber.
“Pacquiao can run and might even win as senator, but the job is not suited for him. Pacquiao’s talents and achievements are more relevant to positions that will inspire and unify our people to action just like Katniss’ role in the Hunger Games-Mockingjay movie. We will be doing a great disservice to Pacquiao and the country if we put him in the Senate where the gift of gab and not jab is the main qualification,” Batocabe said in an interview.
“Besides, electing Pacquiao to the Senate is tantamount to exiling him to perdition. As I am sure, for an action man like Pacquiao who prefers to talk less, his six-year term will be the saddest chapter of his life,” he said.
Recognizing that being a senator is a Herculean task, Acedillo asked Pacquiao to first discern whether or not he should spend less time on boxing and other activities and concentrate on lawmaking.
“My question is this: Are we ready to let go of him as our boxing and national icon and come to terms with him as a full-time politician? Because as far as I understand, he cannot excel in one without spending less time on the other,” he said.
Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. agreed with his colleagues that before Pacquiao decides to run for senator, he should first show his seriousness on lawmaking by consistently attending the plenary sessions.
But Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello and Deputy Minority Leader and Isabela Rep. Rodito Albano said that the ball is in the hands of the electorate and that Pacquiao should not be hampered to seek higher post. (Manila Bulletin)