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PBA FINALS: BY RICK OLIVARES - END OF HEARTACHE OR CONTINUED DROUGHT?


MAY 16 -Alaska guard and newly-minted Best Player of the Conference Calvin Abueva posts against Rain or Shine's Raymond Almazan and Beau Belga | PBA Images For the life of me, I cannot remember which athlete (local or foreign) once stated that they want a championship more because they have lost so much. The Alaska Aces won for themselves another day in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Down 3-0, they have fought back to make it 3-2 and if they win the next, they’ll forge a Game Seven. Now this is getting ahead but for sure, booking a seventh and final match will also give them a chance to reverse the ignominy of their Philippine Cup failure where they led 3-0 before losing the next four to San Miguel. After the galling loss in the Philippine Cup, I wondered if it would take a huge toll on the Aces’ collective morale and confidence. It wasn’t only because they were in the history books for the wrong reason but they had lost their last three finals appearances in the span of two seasons. Was there a mental burden that was weighing down the team? Was it time to reload? While speaking to Aces head coach Alex Compton and assistant Louie Alas a week after their Philippine Cup debacle, they told me that the first few practices were lackluster and so they had to give the squad a few more days off. They banked on the fact that the next conference was going to start within a few weeks so there was going to be something new that everyone would have to focus on. The idle team made the players dwell on the loss and collective losses as much as they didn’t want to think of it. Yet the coaches also felt that their team was fine. They were banking on chemistry, familiarity, hunger, and the proper import, to get them over the hump. The one bit of concern they had was another finals heartache. But that has yet to be written. If you look at Alaska's history, this won’t be the first time that their team strung up three finals losses in the space of two seasons. READ MORE...

ALSO: By Joaquin Henson - What ails Philippine sports?


MAY 22 -By Joaquin M. Henson At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Philippines was represented by 20 athletes. In Athens four years later, the cast dwindled to 16. In 2008, the list dropped to 15 in Beijing and at the London Olympics four years ago, it was down to 11. At the moment, there are 7 Filipino athletes assured of competing in Rio this August – boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez, long jumper Marestella Torres (by universality), 400-meter hurdler Eric Cray, table tennis qualifier Ian Lariba, taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora and weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz (confirmation a formality). Swimming will add at least two more to the roster, likely to be repeat Olympians Jessie Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi. Athletics might still qualify pole vaulter E. J. Obiena and sprinter Kayla Richardson. Boxing hopes to enlist Nesthy Petecio, Mario Fernandez, Eumir Marcial, Ian Clark Bautista or Roldan Boncales and if he decides to go for it, Manny Pacquiao. Golf could bring in Miguel Tabuena (now ranked No. 37) and Angelo Que (now ranked No. 49) since the world’s top 60 will get tickets. Danny Caluag might return to the Olympics in BMX cycling with Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales close to making it in tennis doubles. The icing on the cake would be Gilas qualifying to end a 44-year absence from basketball in the Olympics. Gilas will go to Rio only if it tops the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament here in July. Will the Philippines snap the downtrend in sending less and less athletes to the Olympics from 16 years back? Or will the lineup go down to less than 11? The probability is the cast will increase to more than the 11 who competed in London but less than the 20 who battled in Sydney. A lot will depend on how the boxers perform at the AIBA World Women’s Championships now in progress in Astana, Kazakhstan, and the AIBA World Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 7-19. Pacquiao has been offered a wildcard ticket to compete in Rio without going through the qualifying system. It’s his call whether to accept or not. For the record, the Philippines has bagged only nine Olympic medals since 1924 – two silvers and seven bronzes with the last four medals coming from boxing over the last 52 years. In contrast, Southeast Asian neighbor Indonesia has collected 27 Olympic medals, including eight from weightlifting (three silvers and five bronzes). Four of the weightlifting medals were from women. Six gold medals were from badminton where Indonesia has developed a niche as a world-class competitor. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao Rio golden quest up in air


MAY 21 -Sen. Manny Pacquiao with lawyer Romulo Makalintal and wife Jinkee during his oath-taking Wednesday. GEREMY PINTOLO  Manny Pacquiao, now a duly-elected senator, has shown some hesitation on his possible stint in the Rio Olympics in August and his dreams of handing the Philippines its first gold medal in the Summer Olympics. As he prepared to run for the Senate, Pacquiao expressed his willingness to represent the country in this year’s Olympics. But following his convincing win at the polls, there seems to be some hesitation. Pacquiao is quite concerned about missing sessions in the Senate, just when he has just taken his oath. If he vies in Rio, he should begin training soon for the Aug. 5-21 Games. It will take Pacquiao at least six weeks to prepare for the Olympics, meaning that from time to time he may have to skip his duties and be absent on the Senate floor. The other day, the 37-year-old boxing icon and two-term congressman of Sarangani took his oath as senator, along with 11 others who were elected to a six-year term. After his proclamation, Pacquiao faced reporters and was asked whether or not he was ready to put his boxing shoes back on to compete in Rio. “People will say that this person was just elected and in August, he wants to compete in the Olympics. I need to ask if the Filipino people will allow me to participate in the Olympics,” he said. Pacquiao is leaving it up to the people, meaning that if there’s a clamor, then he’ll head to Rio. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte backs Philippines Gilas Rio bid


MAY 20 -Incoming President Rody Duterte receives officials from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas led by executive director Sonny Barrios, second from left, who made a courtesy call and personally handed the formal invitation of SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan to the incoming Chief Executive for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila in July. Others in photo are, from left, SBP board member and regional director Boy Cua, SBP legal consultant Edgar Francisco and Duterte’s executive assistant Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, right.
Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte will be Gilas Pilipinas’ No. 1 supporter when the Nationals compete in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the MOA Arena from July 5-10.
Duterte has vowed all-out support to Team Phl and the country’s hosting of the blue-ribbon event during courtesy call by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas through executive director Sonny Barrios , legal consultant Aga Francisco and regional director Boy Cua. Barrios and Francisco flew to Davao to personally extend invitation of SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan to the incoming chief executive to grace the FIBA OQT. “I just hand-carried handwritten MVP invite to him to the July OQT. I gave him an official OQT ball; he then autographed personal best wishes dedication to MVP on another ball,” Barrios told The STAR. “If his schedule will allow him, he will (grace the event). He cannot commit at the moment but he’s very supportive,” Barrios added. “He proudly wore the Gilas Pilipinas jacket for the night. Malamig daw doon sa Marco Polo Presidential Suite,” Barrios also said on his brief chat with Duterte. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao - Olympic boxing stint up to Filipinos


MAY 19 -Newly-proclaimed Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao | PhilStar.com/AJ Bolando
If there's anything more to add to Manny Pacquiao's many laurels, it's an Olympic tour of duty.
And the possibility of that turning into a reality is now up to the Filipino people, according to the newly proclaimed senator himself. Speaking before the media at the PICC for the first time as a senator, Pacquiao said that he is thoroughly thinking about joining the fray in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where the 31st Olympic games will be held. "Pinagiisipan pa nating mabuti 'yan, kasi, gusto kong tanungin ang sambayanang Pilipino kung papayag ba sila," Pacquiao said, who garnered a total of 16,050,546 votes for a senate seat in the recent elections. "August, tapos magsstart na 'yung trabaho ko. Baka sabihin nila, 'Oh, first month, second month sa trabaho niya, nag-absent [na naman]?' he said. "Baka sisihin na naman ako." The Rio Olympics is scheduled to begin August 5 and will conclude on August 21. All of the newly elected public officials are expected to begin their terms by June or July, once president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is sworn in. Earlier this April, the Amateur Boxing Associations of the Philippines (ABAP) said that AIBA has already invited Pacquiao to lend his wares for the flag. In a report made by Spin.PH, ABAP executive director Ed Picson said that AIBA is just waiting for Pacquiao to respond. Although it hasn't been decided yet whether the decorated boxer would still compete in the olympic qualifying tournament (OQT). READ MORE...


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PBA finals: End of heartache or continued drought?


Alaska guard and newly-minted Best Player of the Conference Calvin Abueva posts against Rain or Shine's Raymond Almazan and Beau Belga | PBA Images

MANILA, MAY 23 2016 (PHILSTAR) By Rick Olivares, contributor May 16, 2016 -For the life of me, I cannot remember which athlete (local or foreign) once stated that they want a championship more because they have lost so much.

The Alaska Aces won for themselves another day in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Down 3-0, they have fought back to make it 3-2 and if they win the next, they’ll forge a Game Seven. Now this is getting ahead but for sure, booking a seventh and final match will also give them a chance to reverse the ignominy of their Philippine Cup failure where they led 3-0 before losing the next four to San Miguel.

After the galling loss in the Philippine Cup, I wondered if it would take a huge toll on the Aces’ collective morale and confidence. It wasn’t only because they were in the history books for the wrong reason but they had lost their last three finals appearances in the span of two seasons. Was there a mental burden that was weighing down the team? Was it time to reload?

While speaking to Aces head coach Alex Compton and assistant Louie Alas a week after their Philippine Cup debacle, they told me that the first few practices were lackluster and so they had to give the squad a few more days off. They banked on the fact that the next conference was going to start within a few weeks so there was going to be something new that everyone would have to focus on. The idle team made the players dwell on the loss and collective losses as much as they didn’t want to think of it.

Yet the coaches also felt that their team was fine. They were banking on chemistry, familiarity, hunger, and the proper import, to get them over the hump. The one bit of concern they had was another finals heartache. But that has yet to be written.

If you look at Alaska's history, this won’t be the first time that their team strung up three finals losses in the space of two seasons.

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They lost twice during the 1987 season — the All-Filipino and the Reinforced — as Hills Bros. They followed that with another defeat in the next season’s PBA-IBA Invitational (and had two third place finishes in between).

By 1989, the team reloaded with as Paul Alvarez was drafted and Tim Cone replaced Bogs Adornado as head coach. Sean Chambers who played on the PBA-IBA champion team was taken in by Alaska. That team underwent a transformation with subsequent acquisitions that eventually comprised their Grand Slam team. So in essence, that Hills Bros. team under Turo Valenzona and Adornado was revamped.

Cone’s Air Force, as the team was nicknamed, booked 14 finals appearances winning 10 championships. During that span, they also lost two consecutive finals but they were a championship team that wasn’t even in its prime. They made it back and won a Grand Slam.

These current Aces — well, most of them — tasted a championship during the 2012-13 Commissioner’s Cup. So they know what winning is all about. That is why I believe that despite their recent spate of finals losses, there is no need to break up its core as some might have postulated after their defeats. They will bounce back.

However, if you look at Alaska’s Commissioner’s Cup finals foe, Rain or Shine, they won their first title in the Governors’ Cup of 2011-12 with this core of Beau Belga, JR Quinahan, Jeff Chan, Gabe Norwood, Paul Lee, and Jireh Ibanes. A year later, they added Chris Tiu who has been a part of this bunch of Yeng Guiao players that made the finals four more times only to come away each time as a first runner-up.

So Alaska isn’t the only one to currently corner the market share in championship heartbreak. What we can also say is both these current incarnations of Alaska Aces and Rain or Shine Elasto Painters are resilient.

One thing is for sure, one team will end its drought and celebrate while another will sadly continue its string of misfortune.


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What ails Philippine sports? SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 22, 2016 - 12:00am 0 0 googleplus0 0


By Joaquin M. Henson

At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the Philippines was represented by 20 athletes. In Athens four years later, the cast dwindled to 16. In 2008, the list dropped to 15 in Beijing and at the London Olympics four years ago, it was down to 11.

At the moment, there are 7 Filipino athletes assured of competing in Rio this August – boxers Rogen Ladon and Charly Suarez, long jumper Marestella Torres (by universality), 400-meter hurdler Eric Cray, table tennis qualifier Ian Lariba, taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora and weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz (confirmation a formality). Swimming will add at least two more to the roster, likely to be repeat Olympians Jessie Lacuna and Jasmine Alkhaldi. Athletics might still qualify pole vaulter E. J. Obiena and sprinter Kayla Richardson.

Boxing hopes to enlist Nesthy Petecio, Mario Fernandez, Eumir Marcial, Ian Clark Bautista or Roldan Boncales and if he decides to go for it, Manny Pacquiao. Golf could bring in Miguel Tabuena (now ranked No. 37) and Angelo Que (now ranked No. 49) since the world’s top 60 will get tickets. Danny Caluag might return to the Olympics in BMX cycling with Treat Huey and Ruben Gonzales close to making it in tennis doubles. The icing on the cake would be Gilas qualifying to end a 44-year absence from basketball in the Olympics. Gilas will go to Rio only if it tops the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament here in July.

Will the Philippines snap the downtrend in sending less and less athletes to the Olympics from 16 years back? Or will the lineup go down to less than 11? The probability is the cast will increase to more than the 11 who competed in London but less than the 20 who battled in Sydney. A lot will depend on how the boxers perform at the AIBA World Women’s Championships now in progress in Astana, Kazakhstan, and the AIBA World Men’s Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Baku, Azerbaijan, on June 7-19. Pacquiao has been offered a wildcard ticket to compete in Rio without going through the qualifying system. It’s his call whether to accept or not.

For the record, the Philippines has bagged only nine Olympic medals since 1924 – two silvers and seven bronzes with the last four medals coming from boxing over the last 52 years. In contrast, Southeast Asian neighbor Indonesia has collected 27 Olympic medals, including eight from weightlifting (three silvers and five bronzes). Four of the weightlifting medals were from women. Six gold medals were from badminton where Indonesia has developed a niche as a world-class competitor.

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Another Southeast Asian neighbor Thailand has gathered 24 Olympic medals, seven from weightlifting – all in the women’s division – including three golds. Boxing has contributed four golds. In 2005, the Philippines took the overall championship at the Southeast Asian Games with 113 gold medals as Thailand finished second with 87 and Indonesia fifth with 49. Surely, the Philippines has the material, talent and resources to outshine Thailand and Indonesia and it showed at the 2005 Southeast Asian Games. But why has the Philippines fallen behind Thailand and Indonesia in the race for Olympic medals?

The Philippines has yet to capture an Olympic gold medal and it’s a drought that is making Pacquiao consider fighting in Rio. So far, Thailand has gained seven gold medals, four in boxing and three in weightlifting while Indonesia has six, all from badminton.

At the Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines has gone from first place in 2005 to sixth in 2007, fifth in 2009, sixth in 2011, seventh in 2013 (behind Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar) and sixth in 2015. At the Asian Games, the Philippines brought home four golds (two in boxing, one in wushu and one in billiards) in 2006, three golds (one in boxing, one in billiards and one in bowling) in 2010 and only one gold (in BMX cycling) in 2014. The tailspin in the Asian Games performance isn’t just saddening, it’s also quite alarming. Even the inconsistent showing at the Southeast Asian Games is disheartening especially since the Philippines displayed the ability to dominate in 2005.

So what’s wrong with Philippine sports? There are five basic reasons which will be taken up in Tuesday’s column.


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Pacquiao Rio golden quest up in air Abac Cordero - May 21, 2016 - 12:00am


Sen. Manny Pacquiao with lawyer Romulo Makalintal and wife Jinkee during his oath-taking Wednesday. GEREMY PINTOLO

MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao, now a duly-elected senator, has shown some hesitation on his possible stint in the Rio Olympics in August and his dreams of handing the Philippines its first gold medal in the Summer Olympics.

As he prepared to run for the Senate, Pacquiao expressed his willingness to represent the country in this year’s Olympics. But following his convincing win at the polls, there seems to be some hesitation.

Pacquiao is quite concerned about missing sessions in the Senate, just when he has just taken his oath. If he vies in Rio, he should begin training soon for the Aug. 5-21 Games.

It will take Pacquiao at least six weeks to prepare for the Olympics, meaning that from time to time he may have to skip his duties and be absent on the Senate floor.

The other day, the 37-year-old boxing icon and two-term congressman of Sarangani took his oath as senator, along with 11 others who were elected to a six-year term.

After his proclamation, Pacquiao faced reporters and was asked whether or not he was ready to put his boxing shoes back on to compete in Rio.

“People will say that this person was just elected and in August, he wants to compete in the Olympics. I need to ask if the Filipino people will allow me to participate in the Olympics,” he said.

Pacquiao is leaving it up to the people, meaning that if there’s a clamor, then he’ll head to Rio.

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The former eight-division world champion has until May 27, the deadline for submission of entries for the final AIBA Open Olympic qualifying set in Baku, Azerbaijan next month, to decide.

As a congressman, he was severely criticized for his absenteeism, mainly because he had to train for his fights. In the Senate, where there are only 24 seats compared to the 250-plus in Congress, his presence is a must.

Besides, Pacquiao may have to study harder and undergo some crash course to prepare himself for his senatorial duties, and this may require some sleepless nights.

When he first became a congressman in 2010, Pacquiao took a 10-day crash course on Development Legislation and Governance at the Graduate School of Public and Development Management of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP).

He also took a one-week course on Congressional protocols at the University of the Philippines (College of Public Administration and Governance). At that time, he said he was interested in taking up law.

Pacquiao formally announced his retirement from boxing following a unanimous victory over American Timothy Bradley last April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Even before and after his third fight with Bradley, questions on a possible Olympic stint faced Pacquiao, who said he’s willing to do it for flag and country.

“Why not?” he often said.

The Philippines has never won a gold in the Summer Olympics, winning a handful of bronze and silver medals, the last one coming in Atlanta in 1996.

Boxer Mansueto Velasco won the silver 20 years ago. Still, majority of Filipinos believe that boxing stands with the biggest chance of winning the elusive gold for the country.

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines has left a slot in the light welterweight class (140 lbs) open for Pacquiao in the team to Rio.

His promoter, Bob Arum, suggested that Pacquiao forget boxing and focus on being a senator.

Pacquiao, many believe, including Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco, has a very strong chance of winning the gold in Rio.

Others suggest that if Pacquiao, who may end up facing boxers who weren’t even born yet when he turned pro in 1995, can easily march into the medal bouts in Rio, the land of Ipanema beaches.


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Duterte backs Philippines Gilas Rio bid By Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 20, 2016 - 12:00am 1 156 googleplus0 0


Incoming President Rody Duterte receives officials from Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas led by executive director Sonny Barrios, second from left, who made a courtesy call and personally handed the formal invitation of SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan to the incoming Chief Executive for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila in July. Others in photo are, from left, SBP board member and regional director Boy Cua, SBP legal consultant Edgar Francisco and Duterte’s executive assistant Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, right.

MANILA, Philippines - Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte will be Gilas Pilipinas’ No. 1 supporter when the Nationals compete in the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament at the MOA Arena from July 5-10.

Duterte has vowed all-out support to Team Phl and the country’s hosting of the blue-ribbon event during courtesy call by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas through executive director Sonny Barrios , legal consultant Aga Francisco and regional director Boy Cua.

Barrios and Francisco flew to Davao to personally extend invitation of SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan to the incoming chief executive to grace the FIBA OQT.

“I just hand-carried handwritten MVP invite to him to the July OQT. I gave him an official OQT ball; he then autographed personal best wishes dedication to MVP on another ball,” Barrios told The STAR.

“If his schedule will allow him, he will (grace the event). He cannot commit at the moment but he’s very supportive,” Barrios added.

“He proudly wore the Gilas Pilipinas jacket for the night. Malamig daw doon sa Marco Polo Presidential Suite,” Barrios also said on his brief chat with Duterte.

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The Duterte administration will be in its first few days when Gilas Pilipinas slugs it out with New Zealand, France, Turkey, Canada and Senegal for a spot in the Rio Olympics in August.

The longtime Davao City mayor is also known as a sportsman whose presidential bid was backed by sports personalities like Alvin Patrimonio, Kenneth Duremdes, Dondon Hontiveros and many others.

It’s still uncertain if Duterte can find time to watch OQT games live at the MOA Arena.

Meanwhile, Pangilinan himself is drumming up the coming tourney.

“PBA Commissioner’s Cup done. Now it’s Gilas’ turn and time. Exactly 48 days to go till OQT on July 5. Laban Pilipinas! #PUSO,” said Pangilinan on his Twitter account @iamMVP.

Gilas’ training is likely to step up in the next few days with the Alaska-Rain or Shine title showdown over.

“Papakita na ako agad sa ensayo, pero baka observe lang muna to rest my bruised knees,” said Paul Lee, the Finals MVP in the recently concluded PBA tourney.

Calvin Abueva, Jeff Chan and Gabe Norwood also look forward to rejoining the Gilas pool.


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Pacquiao: Olympic boxing stint up to Filipinos By Denison Rey A. Dalupang (philstar.com) | Updated May 19, 2016 - 6:30pm 0 23 googleplus0 0


Newly-proclaimed Sen. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao | PhilStar.com/AJ Bolando

MANILA, Philippines – If there's anything more to add to Manny Pacquiao's many laurels, it's an Olympic tour of duty.

And the possibility of that turning into a reality is now up to the Filipino people, according to the newly proclaimed senator himself.

Speaking before the media at the PICC for the first time as a senator, Pacquiao said that he is thoroughly thinking about joining the fray in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, where the 31st Olympic games will be held.

"Pinagiisipan pa nating mabuti 'yan, kasi, gusto kong tanungin ang sambayanang Pilipino kung papayag ba sila," Pacquiao said, who garnered a total of 16,050,546 votes for a senate seat in the recent elections.

"August, tapos magsstart na 'yung trabaho ko. Baka sabihin nila, 'Oh, first month, second month sa trabaho niya, nag-absent [na naman]?' he said. "Baka sisihin na naman ako."

The Rio Olympics is scheduled to begin August 5 and will conclude on August 21. All of the newly elected public officials are expected to begin their terms by June or July, once president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is sworn in.

Earlier this April, the Amateur Boxing Associations of the Philippines (ABAP) said that AIBA has already invited Pacquiao to lend his wares for the flag.

In a report made by Spin.PH, ABAP executive director Ed Picson said that AIBA is just waiting for Pacquiao to respond. Although it hasn't been decided yet whether the decorated boxer would still compete in the olympic qualifying tournament (OQT).

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"‘Tell him to decide first, then we’ll talk,’” Aiba President Dr. Wu Ching-kuo told Picson, according to the report.

Before becoming a senator, Pacquiao served twice in the Congress as a representative for Sarangani province. Although his reign as a lawmaker was hounded by many absences. In 2014, he only showed up four times for work.

But his dismal attendance barely put a dent to his senatorial bid, as he placed 7th in the rankings. He bested veteran politicians in Risa Hontiveros, Ralph Recto and Francis Pangilinan.

Pacquiao will have until July to decide as the Olympic qualifying tournament is set on the same month.

"Pinagaaralan natin at hinihingi natin yung approval ng sambayanan dahil magisisimula na yung trabaho natin sa Hunyo," he said.

Asked how ready he is for the new endeavor, Pacquiao said he'll review extensively for his "new task in life."

The eight-division boxing champion expressed confidence for his new political stint, saying he'll employ the same discipline he uses in training sessions before his fights.


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