Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Pacquiao and politics.

Still on Manny Pacquiao’s victory over 10-time world boxing champion Oscar Dela Hoya. Politicians are again scurrying to get a piece of the Pacman’s victory and popularity to earn media mileage. Not an unusual scenario.

The President, reportedly will give Pacquiao the new title "Ambassador of Peace" when he returns to the country on Wednesday. A senator has even filed a Senate resolution declaring Manny as the "Greatest Filipino Boxer of All Time."

However, what struck my attention was the report from the abs-cbnnews.com that it was confirmed that Pacquiao has been offered (again!) to run for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Reports said that Quezon City 2nd district Rep. Annie Rosa Susano asked the boxer to run for the seat she will vacate in 2010. The congresswoman even reportedly offered her Novaliches residence to Pacquiao so the boxing champ can establish residence in the district, one of the election requirements.

Susano said the 29-year-old General Santos native will be endorsed by Lakas-CMD and the Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (KAMPI).

She said that although the boxer will make his final decision when he comes back from the US, he is likely inclined to accept the offer.

It can be remembered that Pacquiao’s first foray to politics in 2007 turned out to be a disaster. He was easily defeated by incumbent Darlene Antonino-Custodio when they both ran for a congressional seat to represent the 1st district of South Cotabato.

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