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Here’s what Manny Pacquiao said over Carpio’s statement against his plan for the presidency.

MANNY PACQUIAO – Boxing legend Manny Pacquiao has this reply to retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio’s “lack competence” remark against him.

Senator Manny Pacquiao has accordingly expressed his interest to run as president in the coming 2022 national elections. He opened up about this matter to Senator Panfilo Lacson and Senate President Tito Sotto who both revealed that he is open to doing it next year.

(See: Is Pacquiao Running for President? Pacman Answers)

However, whenever he was asked during interviews about his 2022 election plans, he would consistently dodge the question and divert the topic to the pandemic which people must put their focus on. In the middle of the pandemic, talks about politics accordingly has no place as per his statement. And with his plans rising online, retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio expressed he sees him not fit for the said position because he “lacks competence” which is a basic qualification for a leader.

(See: Senator Pacquiao New President of PDP-Laban National Party)

He cited that Pacquiao is the “number 1 absentee, a topnotcher in absences in Congress” and the same case as well in the Senate which is why his 1Sambayan won’t endorse him. He even added, “Manny Pacquiao may have a good heart, but running the country of 110 million people requires competence”.

In a report from ABS-CBN, Pacman reacted to this and clarified his poor attendance. He elaborated that his absences are not his intentions and wants but a need, in his case. He stressed that despite his absences, his contributions as a legislator such as co-authoring bills on the Free Internet Access Program and the Expanded Maternity Leave “can speak for itself”.

“Ang panawagan ko lang po kay former Justice Antonio Carpio, ay sana’y mabigyan niyo po ako ng pagkakataong maipakilala ang tunay na Manny Pacquiao,” he said. He also noted to himself that what Carpio said about him will serve as a reminder for him to do better being a public servant and a servant of God. To recall, in a Presidential Preference survey, he is among the top preferred presidential candidates.

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