Dear God, Save The Philippines From Manny Pacquiao

Philippines
April 28, 2007 6:23pm CST
Manny Pacquiao, also known as the "Pacman" is a great boxer, no doubt. But as a congressman?! I admired the way he fights in the ring, and was a witness to his complete methamorphosis from an unpolished mediocre brawler into an all-around boxer that is fast becoming known as the "Terror of the Mexican Boxers". I would also have to give credit on the way he spends his time in the way he invests his earnings in anticipation of the future. But what drove him into running into politics? I do not approve of his decision to run simply because it is really difficult to do the job of a competent legislator while training for fights at the same time. We are all aware of the physical exertions needed in his current profession. It simply is not possible. Are you willing to vote for him? Don't ask me - I'll be voting for him if he runs for senator - BUT NOT WHILE HE'S STILL FIGHTING IN THE RING? any thoughts on these? i'd love to listen.
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
there are text messages that has been spreading here in our area and it says: Manny Pacquiao - Pambansang Kamao pero sa Politika dili Kamao Kamao in bisaya means "able", "knows how to (insert action word)" if ever he wins, GOD SAVE THE PHILIPPINES. just like Cesar Montano and Richard Gomez -they should stay in acting. as for Manny, he should stay in where he's good at: boxing. there are other ways to help mankind. i just hate the fact that he breeds himself with hunger of power and allowed his dignity to be streaked with politics. dirty politics that is.
• Philippines
29 Apr 07
the next time i post, i'll give you something to really laugh at. my friend told me of a poster of the movie 300, with the king's face replaced by manny pacquiao's. at bottom reads "300...lang ang nakuha kong boto" ( i only got 300 votes ). the guy who made this "photo-retouch" surely knows of what we are thinking about..:)
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
LOL. wag kang madamot ha? share mo. =)
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@tombiz (2039)
• Philippines
29 Apr 07
Though I might not also vote for Manny if I am located in his district, I think this issue has already reached an exaggeration point. Look, Manny is not somebody whom we should pray to God as if he is the devil here. He only represents a small district. Come to think of it, do you think Manny is so bad compared to other useless incumbent congreemen we have? Do you think Manny will be as corrupt as other elected government officials? Do you thin Manny will be as calloused as other politicians? I don't think so. If the guy win on the election, fine with me for as long as it is done on a clean manner. Let him show what he got. Common, Manny is not running for president (as least not yet hehehehe) so that we here at myLot is so allergic of him becoming a congressman. At the end of this, let the people of his district decide. I have not read any member here coming from his district, anyway.
• Philippines
29 Apr 07
excuse me for that "exagerated" tagline. at least i made you take your time and put in your thoughts. peace! i do respect manny pacquiao's capability to be a public official, no doubt about that. but as i have mentioned at the end of my discussion proposition, i'd be voting for manny pacquiao if and only if he's already not fighting anymore. let's face it - a boxer's life revolves around a year in which 3-6 months are spent preparing for a fight and another 2 months for recovery from the punishments received during fights. i don't expect him to be spending the last 4 months as a legislator - he'd be happy to spend those times with his family. if every manny pacquiao gets elected as a congressman, then let's hope he can do the job. but in as much as possible, i would love to see him lose in order to discourage him from running into local posts while still fighting in the ring. even though it's a local post, the rotten politician's we have today used to run for local posts too - and they got elected in there and used it as a stepping stone in order to get elected in the national positions. being elected in a local position is where it all begins - and in as much as i admire manny for the great boxer that he is - i don't want him to start NOW.
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@rsa101 (23713)
• Philippines
30 Apr 07
i guess tombiz is right....he already is campaigning in his district I guess and is really determined to win his bid for congress. Let us just repect his decision and let's wait for his constituents decision if she will win or not in his district. I guess that is his districts consituent's decision to win or not.
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
I think the problem here is that Pacman cant say no to some of those in power who want to take advantage of his popularity and use him for their own selfish end. i believe he should have started out first with a local position in his area, probably councilor or something, if he is truly sincere in being a politician who will serve the people who elected him. As to his being a boxer, this would probably come in handy when sessions in congress gets too hot that fists come flying forth, similar to what we see in news from other coutries. i bet he would be speaker of the house.
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
well then, welcome to the world of "you-scratch-my-back-i'll-scratch-yours" philippine power politics. i won't say that it's only Pacman who can't say no - most politicians do that all the time. the fact is, the reason why this country never develops fully is because politicians spend more time placating those who had helped them win the position than in doing the job given to them. if they don't do that, they risk losing their positions and be evicted - either through malicious accusations or through the so-called "people power" uprisings.
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
Yeah, the congressman campaign of Manny Pacquaio has alarmed me. We all know that he is a great boxer but as a politician, I know he is not! ANd that's what I hate. A lot of candidates are using their fame and money even if they know they are not that capable of doing it so. I am not against Manny himself because I believe he's a good man. What I am just against is his being a candidate as a Congressman! If he wants to enter politics, why not start in a small position like Brgy. Captain and the like? For me it's more acceptable than going straight to the Congress. :)
• Philippines
2 May 07
Hmmm. Can you believe it "Manny Pacquiao: The First Congressman-Boxer". Haven't heard of any boxers that joined politics. Have You?
@shoti08 (55)
• United States
1 May 07
In my own opinion, Manny is running for congress not because he really wanted to run. But because of the influence of his well known politician "friends". I think, Manny just can't say NO to them. As you know, these politician "friends" go wherevever he competes. Maybe he cant reject their offer to join politics, because of the full support they give him when he's on the ring. Im just assuming. Only Pacman knows.
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• Philippines
30 Apr 07
Yeah!!! thats right!!!
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• Canada
29 Apr 07
I agree with you that it takes more than just fame that would earn my vote. No disrespect for manny, but i just wish if he really want to help his countrymen. Maybe in a different way. There are a lot of ways to help. Not just politics. And we have always percieved politics is the best way to help our country. Charity is the best way I think. But If he thinks he'll win, I wish him luck because even though his opponent may have all the qualifications, She didn't do well either.
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@bugbaby (1787)
• Indonesia
29 Apr 07
i just pray to the God to Save The Philippines From Manny Pacquiao...amen !!!
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• Philippines
29 Apr 07
I think its ridiculous for him to run for it. I know he have a good reason and he really do cares about the Philippines but I think politics is not his way of doing it. He may have a rigorous training in boxing but that won't be accounted to politics.
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@Chadanne (253)
• Philippines
29 Apr 07
I agree with you. It's just simple common sense that a boxer like him can't handle boxing and politics at the same time. He has prestige and he has lots of it so I think that it would be wise for our dear old Manny if he just focus on boxing and do politics later.
@axoloti (125)
• Philippines
4 May 07
can somebody just wake our dear ol' manny pacquiao? have you heard what pacquaio has been saying on national TV about the lady he is going up against? God, pls save us from Manny Pacquaio. do you think he's still sane? maybe he got high w/ all the attention that was given to him by politicians and decided to be one of them!
• Philippines
4 May 07
yeah, i must say that what she said about her opponent was uncalled for. totally uncalled for. that's philippine politics to you. it's brutal, it's unmerciful, and downright dirty.
• Philippines
4 May 07
sorry. what i meant is: what manny pacquiao said to his opponent was totally uncalled for. this was after his opponent cried in public. to think that his opponent is a woman.
@ututen (139)
• Philippines
20 May 07
well i guess he just wants to help less fortunate people or either he was just being influenced by some crook politicians around him..fortunately he will not make it to politics
@jlara_gtr34 (3492)
• Philippines
20 May 07
my thoughts on this: manny pacman is not so bad. in fact, he's a great and amazing boxer, i think no one else can replace him in that industry. however, i really dont agree if he would go to the congress. i hope that he will just stay within his bounds of boxing because politcs is not for him. let those intellectual people do the politcs while he bring honor to the country by winning in his fights. if he really wants to serve the country and help the state of the philippines improve, then he could do it in other ways aside form running for politics. he could make or start a "manny pacman" foundation, which could provide scholarships, housings, etc. that is my opinion on this topic. good evening. :)
• Philippines
6 May 07
He disobeyed his mom by running right? Or was it his grandma? I can't remember. I agree with you about him going to have a hard time doing his job as a congressman with his boxing career. it's hard as it is focusing only on being a congressman. but he still has to worry about upholding the Philippine pride by winning in boxing. people are gonna be voting for him though. maybe we just need to give him a chance or something. as one responder said, he's only responsible of that one district.
@jessemt35 (294)
• Qatar
4 May 07
No I will never vote this man even if he is no longer fighting in the ring. Indeed as boxer he is superb and great but in the Congress no way. God help us.
@axoloti (125)
• Philippines
4 May 07
damn, pacquiao should not be running for congress. he's just having his hands dirty. he is a great boxer, he really is but politics is not made for him, he is a sportsman not a politician. he is a hero but for me, now that he is running for a congress, he is a big ZERO! piece of advice manny, don't dip your hands on dirty water, your place is not on politics but on the ring, making us Filipinos proud.