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Sunday, July 10, 2016


            Unit 1012 awards the Rayner Goddard Act of Courage Award to Manny Pacquiao for defending the death penalty.

Manny Pacquiao during the opening ceremony of the NCAA Season 87 at the Araneta Coliseum on July 2, 2011.

Pacquiao on death penalty: It's in the Bible
By Denison Rey A. Dalupang (philstar.com) | Updated May 19, 2016 - 6:53pm

MANILA, Philippines – Newly-proclaimed Senator-elect Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao made it to his first press conference as Upper House legislator and said he is in favor of death penalty.

Speaking to the media shortly after his proclamation Thursday at the PICC, Pacquiao said that the capital punishment is actually based on the Bible.

"Sa Romans 13, basahin natin 'yang one to seven. Malalaman natin 'yan." he said. "Hindi naman ang presidente ang maghahatol niyan, kun'di ang government."

"Sa mata ng Panginoon, hindi bawal 'yan," Pacquiao added.

Pacquiao also wanted to push for better education for Filipinos.

"Dapat may programa ang gobyerno para hindi maging hadlang ang kahirapan sa pagaaral," he said. "Alam niyo dito sa bansa natin, maraming pamilya ang 'di makapag-paaral sa kanilang mga anak."

The world-renowned boxer first forayed into politics as a representative for Sarangani. His stint as a legislator was hounded by his absences. In 2014, his absences hit notorious levels after being only able to show up for work four times. 

In his first term that spanned from 2010 to 2013, he only appeared in 98 times in the Congress's 168 working days.

Pacquiao's best moment as a legislator came in a speech against human trafficking. But that was swiftly negated when he was put under the spotlight during a lengthy discussion of the Reproductive Health Bill.

Earlier this year, Pacquiao's chances in the senatorial race were believed to dim after his scathing remarks that targeted the members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) community—which also drew flak on social media.

But even after the comments, Pacquiao still managed to secure 16,050,546 votes, propelling him to seventh place in the "Magic 12" candidates who made the cut.

Pacquiao ranked ahead of tested politicians former Sen. Francis Pangilinan, former Rep. Risa Hontiveros and former Sen. Ralph Recto. 

Asked if his absences will continue to plague his career as a politician, Pacquiao noted that he won't make any promises.

"As a Christian, hindi dapat tama yung mangako ka ... For example, nangako kang perfect attendance. Then let's say nagka-sakit ka, hindi mo na matutupad yung pangako mo," he explained.

"Hindi ko po kayo ipapahiya," Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao says he supports Philippine death penalty plan
Date: May 20, 2016

Philippine boxing hero turned senator Manny Pacquiao said Thursday he supports a plan by the newly elected president to impose the death penalty, a proposal that has been met with strong opposition in the Catholic nation. Speaking after he was sworn into office, the high school dropout and devout evangelical Christian said he supported capital punishment because it was sanctioned by his faith.

“I’m in favour of the death penalty. Actually God allows this in the Bible,” Pacquiao told reporters after being formally sworn in as one of 12 new senators. The remarks follow previous comments by the eight-time world boxing champion earlier this year describing homosexuals as “worse than animals”.

Tough-talking Philippine president-elect Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to restore the death penalty as part of a campaign pledge to stamp out crime, a plan opposed by the Church and rights groups. Pacquiao, who garnered more than 16 million votes in last week’s national election, has vowed to take his political duties seriously after coming under fire for an undistinguished stint in the House of Representatives. “I will perform this job well, avoid corruption, and be a God-fearing servant of the people,” he said.

Analysts say the retired boxer has an eye on the presidency and his period in the senate is a possible stepping stone for the top office. His performance in parliament was roundly criticised due to his frequent absences as he trained for boxing matches, hosted television shows and even dabbled in professional basketball.

Despite the retired boxer’s political ambitions, Philippine sports officials have said they want the 37-year-old to go to the Rio Olympics in August if professional boxers are permitted to compete. On Thursday, he said no decision had been made about whether he would go. “We’ll think that over thoroughly. I will also ask the Filipino people if they will allow me to do that,” he said, noting the Senate begins sessions less than two weeks before the Games.

“People might say, ‘Oh there he goes again, being absent in the first two months.’ I’d rather not be subjected to that criticism again.” The sport’s governing body, the International Boxing Association (AIBA) is expected to decide next month whether to allow professional boxers to compete in the Olympics.

Pacquiao for death penalty, against divorce
01:30 AM July 6th, 2016

MANNY Pacquiao on Tuesday said he was preparing for his new tasks as a neophyte senator, including memorizing the 1987 Constitution, which may end up being revised under the new Duterte administration.

Pacquiao also said he was for the death penalty and wanted death convicts to be hanged.

As for the divorce law, he said it needed study, noting the country already allows the annulment of marriage, which for him is like a divorce.

The world-famous boxer dropped by the Senate media office late Monday during his first visit to the Senate, his new office for the next six years starting July 25 when the 17th Congress opens its session.

Reminded that he had been slammed for not attending sessions in the House of Representatives where he served as representative of Sarangani province for six years, Pacquiao said he was “ready” to attend the sessions regularly.

“We are going to have (chairmanships in) committees so we will be very busy,” he said.

He defended his absences in the House, saying there were occasions he had to go on training for boxing matches.

There were also times, Pacquiao said, that he was just in his office in the House and unable to be physically present on the floor because “my constituents in Congress, the entire Philippines, is in my office.”

Asked whether he would still accept boxing matches despite announcing his retirement, Pacquiao maintained “my mind and heart is to work” in the Senate.

Pacquiao said being religious was important for a leader and for the nation, as success will not come to them “without the guidance of the Lord.”

Asked whether he would invite senators to join him in his Bible studies, he said if they were willing to do so.

Pacquiao said he had been preparing for his Senate tasks, reading in particular the Philippine Constitution.

He recalled that before he rediscovered God, he knew nothing about the Bible but things changed when he started reading it and now he could readily “preach the word of God … share its verses.”

“Same thing with the Constitution. We are reading it and memorizing it,” Pacquiao said. But this could be an unnecessary task as the Duterte administration is keen on revising the 1987 Constitution to pave the way for a shift to a federal form of government.

Malacañang said Mr. Duterte was supporting the convening of a constitutional commission (Con-con) whose delegates are elected to revise the Charter.

Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao, PLH (/ˈpæki.aʊ/ PAK-ee-ow; Tagalog: [pɐkˈjaʊ]; born December 17, 1978) is a Filipino politician and former professional boxer. He has also been involved in basketball, acting, TV hosting, and singing.

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