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article imageEx-Ph senator criticizes Manny Pacquiao's senate election plan

By Leo Reyes     Jul 7, 2014 in Sports
Manny Pacquiao's plan to run for senator in the upcoming 2016 national elections has been criticized not only by some of his fans and supporters but even by senior politicians like ex-Senator Rene Saguisag, who calls the Filipino star a pretender.
Saguisag has been critical of Pacquiao's multitasking — having dipped into movie acting, TV hosting, singing and now basketball coaching — on top of his successful boxing career.
A former senator during the administration of the late President Corazon Aquino, Saguisag talked about his short stint at the senate when there were only eight member-senators comprising the upper house.
Back then he recalled that a candidate had to go through a lot before one can be part of the upper house, unlike now that even those who have no knowledge of serving can join the system.
“You have to go through a lot before you can join the eight-person ticket,” he said.
Obviously, Saguisag was referring to Pacquiao's plan to run for senator in next national election. He also criticized Vice President Jejomar Binay for endorsing Pacquiao's candidacy.
“My friend [Vice President Jejomar Binay] reportedly wants [Pacquiao] as senator. Dios mio… a pretender as congressman, a pretender as senator. This is not to underrate Manny, but he has to give up some things and prepare [if he wants to become a politician],” he said.
When Pacquiao lost to Timothy Bradley in 2012, Saguisag urged the fighting congressman to resign from congress and focus on his rematch.
“If he wants a rematch, he should focus on it and resign pronto as congressman and not be a habitual delinquent in syndicated estafa. He cannot be training for a rematch while studying money laundering legislation,” Saguisag told Rappler.
Pacquiao’s frequent absences in the House of Representatives is tantamount to a “syndicated political estafa.” Saguisag added.
Some of Pacquiao's colleagues in congress have varying opinions on Pacquiao's political career.
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao celebrates with coach Freddie roach and promoter Bob Arum during one o...
Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao celebrates with coach Freddie roach and promoter Bob Arum during one of his fight wins.
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Pacquiao has admitted he wants to contest the presidency in 2022.
Opposition members of the lower house are supporting Pacquiao's candidacy while others have advised him to become a senator first before joining the presidential derby in 2022.
“He should be a senator first, get some training [in the Senate],” House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte told reporters when sought for comment on Pacquiao’s political plans. Read more:
A senate seat is almost always a prerequisite for candidates seeking the vice presidency or the presidency as it one of the three executive posts that are voted by a national constituency.
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