Ruel Pacquiao does not want to be like his brother, eight-time world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.
The younger Ruel Pacquiao, recently elected as Sarangani congressman to replace Manny, made the remark in connection with Manny’s infamous record of being the top absentee in Congress in his two terms as Sarangani lawmaker.
“Attendance is a part of our obligation [as a lawmaker]. We need to be present here [in Congress], participate in the deliberations,” Ruel said.
“It [being present]is part of my job,” he added.
Ruel will replace Manny, who won a Senate seat in the May polls, landing seventh place with 6,050,546 votes.
But during Manny’s stints in Congress, he consistently topped the list of lawmakers with the most absences, a total of 120 in his six years as a Sarangani lawmaker.
On Monday, he skipped the orientation for newly-elected senators.
Ruel offered little excuses for his brother’s chronic absenteeism.
“Hindi ko alam bakit ‘di [siya]dumalo sa orientation. Baka may importanteng pinuntahan o inattenan [I don’t know why he skipped the orientation. Maybe he had to go somewhere else for something important],” he said.
Aside from being a senator, Pacquiao is also a playing coach for PBA team Mahindra Enforcers.