Here’s the explanation of Manny Pacquiao regarding his absenteeism in Congress
Senator Manny Pacquiao reacted to the revival of absenteeism issue against him when he was still in Congress.
Before becoming a member of the Senate, Pacquiao served as Congressman in the province of Saranggani. In 2013, he was named as the number 1 absentee congressman. A year after that, he also got the same record with then-congressman Jules Ledesma.
This issue against the Senator was raised again by retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio who is the lead convenor of electoral coalition 1Sambayan. Carpio stated the Pacquiao lacks the competence to lead the Philippines and one reason for this was his absences in Congress back then.
Manny Pacquiao is one of the popular names being perceived to run for President in the 2022 elections. His fellow Senators Ping Lacson and Tito Sotto have previously expressed that the boxing champ has approached them regarding his future political plans.
In line with the revived absenteeism issue, Pacquiao questioned why it is being brought up now that it happened when he was a Congressman, based on the report from Inquirer.
“Ang pagkakaalam ko po ay wala po akong halos pagliban sa aking trabaho sa Senado ngayong 18th Congress or to be specific, apat lang po ang aking nalalaman na pagliban,” the Senator said.
He also explained why he had to be absent back then. Pacquiao said that he needed to go to his district and to personally look after the Pacman Village that provided free houses for people in Sarangani and General Santos.
“Hindi naman po naging balakid ‘yun upang hindi ko magampanan ang aking trabaho sa publiko,” the boxer-turned-politician added.
Manny Pacquiao also called out to the former Chief Justice, as well as to those who believe that he is incapable, to give him a chance to show his real self. For the Senator, what Carpio said against him will be a “reminder to do better as a public servant and as a servant of God.”
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