Manny Pacquiao: Mindanao Peace Negotiator?

Philippines
August 20, 2009 7:58pm CST
A senator proposed that Manny Pacquiao can be a good negotiator between the government and the rebels such as Abu Sayaf and MILF. The government sees nothing wrong but the rebels don't think it will be effective. Besides the fact that he might be kidnapped, I think that Manny has no power to convince these rebels to surrender. In fairness to them, I think they should be listened and understand what their concerns are meet in the middle. I think that it Manny being the negotiator will just be circus and sensionalized by media and nothing positiver will happen. What do you think? No hurting words, please.
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11 responses
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
21 Aug 09
We do have the same opinion about this.. I really think this is a good idea, only the media and the politicians will benefit from these.
@pals101 (2011)
• Philippines
21 Aug 09
Oops, lacking words.. sorry about the first comment.. What i mean to say is that it is not really a good idea to let Manny Pacquiao become a negotiator between the MILF and the government.
• Philippines
22 Aug 09
wouldn't it be great if manny's power to unite the people when he is in the boxing ring would also be useful if he tries to negotiate as the peacemaker between the bad elements and the government? however, we all know that manny's influence to filipinos is only when we he has a fight...but at least filipinos have this rare moment when everybody is tuned in to the telivision setting aside others things including crimes and battles to watch his fight...and everytime he won we forget everything because we are all united in celebrating his triumph...for that we should all be thankful for having one manny pacquiao...i just wish that politicians will stop using his popularity...
@levite (1062)
• Philippines
22 Aug 09
Sometimes (if not all the time), our politicians use popular personalities to act as peace negotiator in Mindanao. Do you still remember Robin Padilla also asked before to act as negotiator between MILF (Or Abu Sayyaf?) and the government? Being a peace negotiator is not a game nor a movie. It is a real-life drama that needs a very careful planning and action. He must have a knowledge both of politics and the Islamic religion and beliefs because as far as I know, the MILF wants a separate Islamic state for them. They have their own laws themselves that conflict our constitution. Of course the government would not allow that to happen, to separate that region from our country. I think industrialization and economic progress in Mindanao might help in solving that centuries-old problem in Mindanao.
• Philippines
22 Aug 09
I don't believe that Money can help in regards as peace negotiator. Robin Padilla can. WHy Manny, because he is from General Santos. I don't believe if he has the courage to be a negotiator. He is a fighter but in ring, I don't think he can make it. It is not that I don't like Manny, but I don't believe he can be a negotiator, I don't know if he knows what it really means.
@24Champ (465)
21 Aug 09
My goodness! They did that with Robin Padilla before. Now, they want Manny Pacquiao. Are they that desperate?
• Philippines
21 Aug 09
I think the MILF already rejected Pacquiao as the peace negotiator and this is the reality that the peace process is a political negotiation not just a plain game. It is a very critical process and what we need I think is a President that can deliver the economic transfarmation of mindanao for it to be prosperous and I think existing political grants is enaough like the ARMM, only that we need to focus more on mindanao this time and I hope the next president can accomplish that.
@Aylward (199)
• Philippines
21 Aug 09
Manny Pacquiao I think is not suited to become a negotiator. The government is just playing on his popularity to resolve peace in Mindanao. It should be better done by someone in the government who has the power, capability, and moral enough to be trusted (trustworthy) in negotiation.
• Philippines
21 Aug 09
I don't know, doesn't mean he's popular does not mean he can be good negotiator, unless the rebels want him. i still prefer robin padilla since he too is also a Muslim and have done something like this many times between rebels and military or hostages... it's up to them
@rsa101 (16303)
• Quezon City, Philippines
21 Aug 09
Yeah I can see that he has the charisma but has no skills for negotiating for peace with the Muslim rebels down south. The issues are not that simple and he should be aware of that and is familiarized with it in all angles. You are right in saying that it will just become circus show and just be sensationalized by Media and the government who needs lots of good sensational news in favor of them. I think our present government should think of other ways other than riding with Manny Pacquiao's good standing to the public. I can feel that the government is making every effort to make Manny's popularity to their side.
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
21 Aug 09
I don't totally disagree with their proposal to appoint Manny in the peace negotiations. I am more confident that Manny will be better in the boxing ring rather than the political arena and the peace negotiations in Mindanao. He can do it, I guess, to keep the peace and stop the the war in Mindanao by himself, if he really wants to help. But giving him such honor by the legislators and the government is too much and may put him in a more unpredictable situation.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
21 Aug 09
YEah, though pacman might be a national hero now, but that does not mean he's superman.. He's respected by many in the country but he has got no power to do anything.. ON top of that, he's in no position to promise anything too, as he's not a political personnel.. And u are right, those rebels need to be listened to, and understand what their concerns are.. ANd if pacman manages to give them what they wanted, it will be good.. BUt then again, it will be impossible, since government already rejected them so many times..