THE FIGHTING CONGRESSMAN




MANILA, SEPTEMBER 30, 2013
(PHILSTAR) As impressive as Pacquiao’s resume is inside the ring, his exploits outside the ring is seemingly unbelievable.

The greatest pound or pound boxer alive today is also a businessman, a recording artist, an actor and a congressman.

Yes, you read that last word right. He could probably be the only boxer in history who passes bills and resolutions while taking a break from whooping somebody’s ass.

Heck, he is now even called “The Fighting Congressman”.

POLITICAL HISTORY

2007

Pacquiao’s first foray into politics was in 2007 when he ran for a seat in the House of Representatives in the May 2007 legislative election as a candidate of the Liberal Party, aiming to represent the 1st District of South Cotabato.

However, Pacquiao was defeated in the election by incumbent Representative Darlene Antonino-Custodio.

2008

In September 2008, Pacquiao was sworn in as member of Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino (KAMPI), a pro-administration political party.

2009

On November 21, 2009, Pacquiao confirmed that he would run again for the congressional seat in the May 2010 elections but this time in Sarangani province, the hometown of his wife Jinkee. He originally planned to run for congress under his own party, the People’s Champ Movement, but has since joined the Nacionalista Party headed by Manny Villar.

2010

On May 13, 2010, Pacquiao was officially proclaimed congressman of the lone district of Sarangani. He scored a landslide victory over the wealthy and politically well-entrenched Chiongbian clan that had been in power in the province for more than thirty years. Pacquiao got 120,052 votes while his opponent for the seat, Roy Chiongbian, got 60,899 votes.

On June 28, 2010, Pacquiao took his oath of office as congressman before Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonio T. Carpio in the Provincial Capitol of Sarangani in Municipality of Alabel. He announced that he will transfer to President-elect Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s Liberal Party from Nacionalista Party as he wants to ensure the entry of more projects to his province.

ACHIEVEMENTS

* Leads opposition to the passing of the Reproductive Health (RH) bill.

* Has co-authored House Bill 375 on the workers’ demand for a P125 across-the-board wage hike for private-sector workers.

* Has filed House Bill 2379, which seeks to establish a tertiary provincial hospital in his province, to be named as the Sarangani Provincial Hospital. The proposed legislation is pending with the House committee on health.

* Has filed House Bill 2379 which seeks measures that would prohibit cellphone companies from sending unsolicited material to its subscribers via short message service (SMS).

* Has filed two bills on women’s health. One seeks to establish breast care centers in every region while the other wants to curb trafficking in women and children.

* He also supported House Bill 13, otherwise known as “An act providing for the safety and protection of the unborn child” filed by Paranaque Representative Roilo Golez.

* As of July 8, 2011, he has authored seven measures and co-authored 32 bills.

* He is also the vice chair of three House panels, including the committees on millennium development goals, poverty alleviation, and youth and sports development. He also holds 12 other committee memberships for the majority coalition including Mindanao Affairs, National Defense and Security, Public Works, and Aquaculture and Fisheries Resources.

* Last November, the House said in a statement that “inspired by the unprecedented feat of world boxing champion Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development has approved a bill that grants P15,000 in monthly retirement pension for the retired professional Filipino athletes that won world titles or world championships.”

The pension is contained in the consolidated version of House Bills 2094, 38 and 1964 principally authored by Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta (PBA) Rep. Mark Aeron H. Sambar and Reps. Pedro Acharon Jr. of South Cotabato and Mark Villar of Las Pinas City, respectively.

FROM THE INQUIRER

Pacquiao starts sparring with heavier foe Philippine Daily Inquirer 12:52 am | Saturday, September 28th, 2013

MANNY Pacquiao sparred yesterday with local middleweight Marlon Alta (12-3, 9 KOs) in the absence of Korean sparmate Kim Min-wook at his Wild Card Gym in General Santos City.

The three rounds of practice was enough to convince trainers Buboy Fernandez and Nonoy Neri that Pacquiao hasn’t lost a step.

“He (Pacquiao) was fast and moved very well,” Neri told the Inquirer yesterday. “Nothing has changed.” Pacquiao will fight Brandon Rios on Nov. 24 at The Venetian Macao. Roy Luarca

FROM THE MANILA TIMES

Pacman training bugged by distractions September 29, 2013 9:27 pm by MANNY PIÑOL SPORTS COLUMNIST

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao’s preparation for what is considered as the most critical fight in the chapter of his boxing career is bugged by distractions.

First, the South Korean junior welterweight, Min Wook-Kim, who was supposed to arrive in the Philippines to work as Pacquiao’s initial sparring partner failed to arrive as scheduled last Wednesday.

Former bantamweight world champion Gerry Peñalosa who made the arrangements for the Korean boxer, currently the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Orient-Pacific Junior Welterweight champion, to be Pacquiao’s sparring mate said Min has brewing problem with his current manager.

“I talked to them and they sounded hindi na magkakasundo. Min has been reported to be going to the U.S. para doon na mag-campaign sa ilalim ng bagong manager,” Peñalosa was quoted in a story which appeared in a national newspaper.
He said he doubted if Min would ever come to the Philippines to work with Pacquiao.

Yesterday, the Philippines News Agency’s Eddie Alinea reported that the eight division world champion will instead spar on Tuesday, with Philippine lightweight conten-der Leonardo Doronio at the MP Tower Gym in Sampaloc, Manila.

”Doronio is a reputed a hard-punching, speedy local campaigner will pinch hit for the Korean World Boxing Organization Orient-Pacific junior welterweight titleholder Min Wook-Kim, who was earlier picked to be the eight-division champion’s sparring partner at least in the first phase of his training camp,” Alinea reported.

Alinea’s story added that Doronio was contacted by Jonathan Penalosa, brother of former two-division champion Gerry Penalosa, through his trainer Renren Flecher, a hand at the Mandaluyong City boxing stable.

“Isang beses lang naman, kaya kinuha ko na. Kelangan na daw ni Manny ang sparring habang nasa Maynila man lang siya,” Penalosa said.

The fighting Sarangani Province Congressman took timeout from his General Santos camp by flying to Manila early Saturday for a social commitment. A two-day workout, including sparring with Doronio, has been scheduled before his team flew back to General Santos on Wednesday.

The absence of a sparring partner this late in the preparation for his November 24 bout with American Brandon ‘Bam Bam” Rios seems to be the least of the problems hounding the Pacquiao training camp.

With the elections for barangay officials set next month, Pacquiao is reportedly being hounded by village leaders in Sarangani province who are asking for his financial support in their bid for local positions.

” Pacman is seriously bothered because the visitors would stay until midnight in his mansion in General Santos,” said an insider who sounded worried on the effect of the sleepless nights on the greatest Filipino boxer ever.

The late night visits by political solicitors have affected Pacquiao’s early morning jogging sessions and he had to skip two morning trainings.

The insider said that Pacman was given the suggestion to move his training camp to Metro Manila or to Baguio City where he trained for most of his fights to avoid the distractions and focus on the fight against Rios.

The Rios fight is considered the most critical in Pacquiao’s boxing career now having lost twice in a row, first in a controversial split decision upset scored by American Timothy Bradley, and then the shocking 6th round KO inflicted by his Mexican nemesis, Juan Manuel Marquez.

While he is favored to win against Rios in their fight in Macau on November 24, a loss to the American boxer could effectively spell the end of Pacquiao’s boxing career.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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