...boxer and lawyer;pacquiao vs santiago - who will win?

Philippines
May 17, 2011 6:32am CST
A funny thought cam to me when I heard in the news that Sen. Miriam Santiago criticized the famous boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao for being involved in the Reproductive Health Bill. The latter, Congressman Pacquiao, seem to be on the side of the Catholic priests concerning the controversial bill. The lady senator is infamous in our country for her criticisms, quotable quotes in her interviews and speeches, her very unconventional personality and her support for the RH bill. If these two are going to be in a battle - who do you think will win? Do you think the Congressman should participate in the bill's debate, as many of other politician advises him not to? Views and opinion are very welcome.
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• Philippines
19 May 11
I watched it in the news and how Mirriam Defensor Santiago criticized Manny Pacman Pacquiao. Truthfully, it was kind of harsh for her to say that. Why do that knowing the main reason of Pacquiao's mistakes? I mean.. the guy is just learning English. Although it is also part of the politics, she should have just stayed quiet. She is obviously trying to pick a fight. Everybody knows Pacquiao's circumstances. Also, Pacquiao also has the right to express his opinion. After all, he is also part of the Congress. I've got to admit, when I was watching the news.. I really laughed with how Mirriam Defensor Santiago criticized Pacquiao. That is one heck of a mouth she got. Hahahaha!
• Philippines
20 May 11
Are you saying that since Pacquiao is not well-versed in politics that he should be handled with kid gloves and every move and statement he makes should be taken lightly? We know that he's not versed in politics - so why did he run? Can he stick it out in this corrupt and dirty world of politics? Politics is not for the faint-hearted nor for the innocent. Expecting not to hear from Santiago (who spearheaded this bill and even wrote to the Church to explain her side) is not a realistic scenario. And even Santiago is entitled to her opinion as much as Manny does. Last time I remembered, she is part of the Senate.
• Philippines
18 May 11
Hello Jeane, This is exactly why Manny Pacman's joining in the political arena is a huge mistake because he's not logical and wisdom enough to understand the complexities of this bill. his reasonings aren't that acceptable because there's no probable explanation to it. Manny doesn't want to go for RH bill because he fears being in trouble with church which was one of his foundations for winning the past fights. If we can't solve the problems in terms of giving education to every one even to the poorest of the poor, then RH bill is the only option. i've watch the news that even Lea Salonga is a go for it.
• Philippines
19 May 11
Well, I am one those persons who were in complete disbelief but not really shocked and surprised when Manny Pacquiao was elected Congressman. Nonetheless, his future constituents elected him and as an individual, and I respect this decision. But Manny in the halls of Congress and debating about a particular bill is not a vision I am expecting from him. Sure, he was green but I think he knows as a professional boxer to pick his fights well (literally and metaphorically speaking). I don't want to know what was on his mind when he did join the debate but I find myself struggling not to laugh when I did hear his 'arguments' (the term is being used loosely). I think nobody here wants to deny Pacman his rights to be heard or support his causes, but if he does do it publicly, I hoped it was more than being a religious person and a member of the Catholic Church. I think he also needs to think about people's feelings regarding the subject without the religious attachments. Regarding Lea, I love her comment about Pacman and 'freedom of expression. She hit the nail on the head.
@greenpeas (999)
• Philippines
17 May 11
With regards to Sen. Miriam Santiago's challenge...I saw it in the news and it was actually just a playful joke spoken in Tagalog. With regards to Pacquiao's stand regarding the RH Bill...I respect his decision to denounce the bill, but I dont think he is on the right side of the arguments. Even the actions of his wife suggests his words are contradictory with what his family really practices. I cannot blame his wife...I mean, she should be the one who knows what is best to prevent unwanted pregnancy, not the hypocritical catholic priests or bishops. For sure in terms of financial means, Manny can support even a hundred kids. But it will be his wife who will suffer it all in terms of giving birth and taking care of them all.
• Philippines
18 May 11
I don't even think he's knowledgeable enough to understand why this bill is being introduce more now than ever. the church is old, very very old and some of their ways are obselete. it's sad that he thinks he can be a hero in this kind of arena, which we mostly know that he wouldn't. manny should honestly stay away from this instead and focus on the small problems he can take care of like bills for athletes benefit
• Philippines
17 May 11
I'm pro RH Bill, I really don't think there's any thing wrong with it. In this issue though I think Miriam is in the wrong, like what is said above Manny is a citizen of Philippines, and I don't think being poor in English makes you stupid, he isn't, he may not be able to win the debate with the lady senator but she had no right to tell him to get lost either, especially since he is a member of the house of the representatives...
@cheravs (620)
• Philippines
17 May 11
Miriam will eat him alive when talking about debate, but if boxing is concern Miriam will go home crying.hahahaha. Pacquiao as a church/catholic man will really try to stand against the RH bill but I don't think he could keep up with the debate if he is just going to rely with his english skill :D. It's not I don't trust pacquaio's english capability but if we trying to look at it he is way to far from them.. This is gonna be fun! lol!
• Philippines
18 May 11
I don't know how will that end up but i don't want to find out since most people takes it personally.
@vannyt (344)
• Philippines
17 May 11
Nobody wins against Sen. Miriam in a debate. I f she can't get the case on her side she will be fuming with highfalutin words which Harvard graduates can only grasp. As for Pacman maybe this would be a test of his political career and boy what challenge from an unlikely opponent. As for Miriam, please let somebody remind her that no matter how low she looks at Manny's intellectual capabilities, he is a citizen of the Philippines and also a member of the House of Representative so he has the right to make a stand and make it known to the public. It is very wrong for someone highly knowledgeable like her to tell Manny to stay out of the RH Bill issue, even the poorest Juan dela Cruz have the right to have their opinion heard to any issue concerning the country.
• Philippines
17 May 11
Well, I would never dream of going against her in any debate. I think I will be stumped by every rebuttal and response that she makes. Maybe I will question my reasoning in the idea of participating in a debate with her. I would agree on you on Pacquiao. Regarding the two said people on the particular context of the RH Bill, I think I have an idea why she (and the others) said what they said but I will never be particularly sure. I think you made a good point on saying that Manny as a Congressman has a right to voice his opinions as any Filipino citizen. I just hope he doesn't get the role of being a pawn in this bill becuase the Church representatives say that his popularity might influence the outcome of the bill.
• Philippines
19 May 11
on a debate, Sen. Santiago will win! Hands down! she got it all covered. She would study all the grounds that needs to be tackled and Pacman's not that ready to face her on his own without his advisers. BUT if they are on a boxing ring, Pacman will win and Sen. Mirriam at the end will say "I am only Joking! don't hit me!"