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article imageOp-Ed: Pacquiao — Public service a 'lifetime quest'

By Leo Reyes     Oct 26, 2011 in Sports
In his fight blog on Yahoo Sports, Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao talks on his passion for boxing and his politics. He also talked about responsibility to his people as a sports figure and as public servant.
Pacquiao was fortunate to have achieved certain amount of fame with his accomplishments as a boxer. And with his influence and soaring popularity, he was able to raise his country's awareness to the international community.
In his recent pronouncements, Pacquiao has talked about retirement from boxing and his desire to help raise the living conditions of his constituents.
In his recent Yahoo blog Pacquiao said, "As a boxer I carry the pride and love of the Filipino people on my shoulders. It inspires me to train harder and motivates me to win. I am their representative to millions of people around the world who watch me in the ring. I am humbled by their support."
"As a public servant the responsibility to “perform” is even greater because for many, lives and livelihoods are at stake. Where can I do the greatest good? Everyday I am faced with these decisions. It is an awesome responsibility. I was chosen by my people to be their voice. To help them. To improve their lives. It isn’t something an eight-week training camp can cure. It is a lifetime quest that I have only just begun", Pacquiao added.
In my recent article at Manny Pacquiao's official website mp8.ph, I discussed at length Pacquiao's political plans and how he can achieve those plans in about 10 years.
Its no secret Pacquiao is aiming to become the country's president when he qualifies to run for that office under the provision of the Philippine constitution on the age requirements for candidates.
At this time, Pacquiao does not qualify to run for the position of either vice-president or president. The requirement is the candidate must be at least 40 years old at the time of his filing of certificate of candidacy. Pacquiao will be 33 on December 17.
Popular writer and sports commentator Ronnie Nathanielz said in many of his recent articles Pacquiao is indeed serious about his plan to one day become president of the Philippines.
"He has told me face to face, 'I pray that you live long enough to see me sworn in as President,'" Nathanielz said.
Pacquiao will have to wait until 2022 to qualify. But in the interim, he can run for Governor of his province to hone his skills on local governance.
After completing a three-year term, he can run for Senator, an elected position that has a national constituency, a critical step for his ultimate plan for a shot at the presidency in 2022.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao is now on the final stages of his training at the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood with long-time trainer Freddie Roach, for his third encounter with Mexican counter-puncher Juan Manuel Marquez.
The trilogy will take place on November 12 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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