Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao’s planned retirement from boxing in 2016 so he could run for the Senate only shows that one can be a sports great though lacking in common sense. What will he do in the Senate? Could he meaningfully join deliberations done at that level? For clear answers, one needs only to go back to that so-called debate with Rep. Edcel Lagman where he made a fool of himself. Not only was he unable to say anything outside the scripted questions but on several occasions, he asked questions that were already answered during the previous day’s session.
By Oscar Franklin Tan
We are all proud of Manny Pacquiao, but how has this empowered us? Crime and insurgency grind to a halt when Manny is fighting, and even Justin Bieber needs to have his photo taken with Manny. But how many of us tell ourselves that Manny’s spectacular rise from poverty means that any Filipino can be a global superstar in his chosen sphere?
Mommy Dionisia and wifey Jinkee have very wise advice for Manny Pacquiao: Retire now. Yup. Leave while the audience is still applauding.
By Conrado de Quiros
The first has to do with Mar Roxas. He’s been busy the last few days making his presence felt in Leyte and the other places devastated by “Yolanda.” Since his arrival in Leyte last Thursday, he has distributed P1 billion to the typhoon-stricken areas. That is not the end of it, he said. There’s more to come, the government having earmarked P4 billion for them under the Grassroots Participatory Budget Process, a new program.
By Rina Jimenez-David
You’ve got to love Dionisia Pacquiao! Reports have it that the Pacman’s mother—the PacMom herself—garnered as much attention in the social media as her son during the televised coverage of Manny Pacquiao’s domination of Timothy Bradley in their championship fight.