• Pacquiao told: Go back to work

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    Boxer-turned-congressman Manny Pacquiao should head home and get back to work, his colleague in Congress said on Monday, a day after his loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr.

    Pacquiao, who represents the lone district of Sarangani in the House of Representatives, is expected to be elevated as chairman of the House Committee on Overseas Workers Affairs as a result of the resignation of Akbayan party-list Rep. Walden Bello.

    The committee, which lists Pacquiao as vice chairman, was due to conduct an inquiry into the case of Mary Jane Veloso, whose execution in Indonesia was suspended at the 11th hour last week.

    Pacquiao was among the personalities who made an appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo to spare Veloso’s life.

    “There should be marathon hearings on whether the government really failed to provide adequate assistance to Mary Jane. We call [Pacquiao] the People’s Champ. He should make time for Mary Jane,” Kabataan party-list Rep. Terry Ridon told reporters.

    Bayan Muna party-list Representatives Neri Colmenares and Carlos Zarate have filed House Resolution 2042 that seeks to probe Veloso’s case and those of other Filipinos who are under detention abroad because of drug-related offenses.

    “He [Pacquiao] made a statement calling for a stop to Mary Jane’s execution. It is time to walk the talk,” Ridon, a lawyer, said.

    Meanwhile, the Department of Justice (DOJ) through the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) will ask the Indonesian government to give them access to Veloso, who remains incarcerated in Jakarta.

    Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said prosecutors need to get Veloso’s testimony against her alleged recruiters Maria Kristina Sergio, Julius Lacanilao and a certain Ike.

    Sergio and Lacanilao are now in the custody of the Philippine National Police in Camp Crame in Quezon City.

    In a sworn statement before the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) last March 31, Veloso claimed it was Lacanilao who introduced her to Sergio, who in turn accompanied her to Malaysia. Ike, said to be a foreigner, was tagged as the one who gave Mary Jane the suitcase where 2.6 kilograms of heroin were hidden.

    “We need to access Mary Jane because she is a complaining witness against the suspects,” de Lima said also on Monday.

    Sergio and Lacanilao are expected to appear during preliminary investigation of the human trafficking, illegal recruitment and estafa cases filed against them on Friday, May 8.

    Other victims who claim they were also duped by Sergio are expected to surface and file formal complaints against her.

    De Lima said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been verifying the claims of Sergio’s alleged victims.

    “The NBI is working on it and we can expect pretty soon something with respect to those other complainants against the same alleged trafficker,” she added.

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    13 Comments

    1. Ronaldo Valdes on

      I admire Manny Paquiao as a person of humility and kindness but not as a politician or a Law Man, coz he doesn’t have that capabilities. Yes, he help his province in manny different ways but he cannot represent them in congress the right way. Maybe a governor or Mayor is better for him to serve his province but i doubt if he can serve in national level..

    2. Roldan Guerrero on

      Manny Pacquiao as Chairman of a Delicate committee? This must be a big joke again! Manny does not understand the job of a congressman that is why he is making it his part time job. Very low english proficiency rate and cant even talk a good tagalog. Ex. Sen Rene Saguisag even talked of Manny`s expulsion in congress due to his unexplained absences and inability to discharge his functions as a lawmaker. I like Pacquiao as a boxer but nnever as a politician. He lacks the necessary intellectual capabilities to do so…in my opinion he cant even qualify as baranggay chairman,Being so rich is not enough to qualify anybody to sensitive government positions specially as a lawmaker. Law making is not a joke. It is never similar to smashing ones face in the boxing arena.

    3. What can we expect from him? He was just elected by the BOBOTANTE of his place.

    4. It seems to me his job as a politician isnt that important as he is hardly ever there & still everything gets done. Oh maybe its that he is still doing his work whilst boxing, no i doubt that. But even here people still defend him & say let him recover. He should box first & when he leaves boxing then go political & that would also give him time to get a t least a little better educated as surely you want educated people running your country, or do you.

    5. With the life of Veloso hanging on a balance, it is no time to be playing around with it, by putting an ignorant lawmaker, who cannot formulate a proper proceeding which may come to a tangible solution to resolve the case.

      Pacquiao is simply just a boxer, nothing more, and deserves to be relegated as such. He should not have been elected as a lawmaker in the first place nor should he be elected again to serve among lawmakers or be the president of the republic.

      And, for the sake and welfare of bonafide OFW’s, he should not represent this group, for he has no qualifications to deal on matters pertaining the security of this labor force on an international scale – Pacquiao is used to expressed himself in ways similar to a traditional politician, which is hinged on sound bites.

    6. ben victoria on

      A little sympathy to manny who many times made the pilipno proud instead of telling him to go back to work while he’s still leaking his wounds of defeat, not saying not to work but just give him time to get up and regain strength. Telling him to go back to work while still down leaking his wound is just too cruel like being hit while down in boxing. A wanton display of thoughtlessness.

      • darwin morales on

        Manny must resigned as a congressman, he not capable to be one.
        He can concentrate in boxing. Let someone else who is capable took his place. He is too greedy on publicity.

      • Ronaldo Valdes on

        Sympathy is not an isuue here, A congressman is not a part time job just like he’s doing.. Just like everbody else he wanted to be a congressman let him do his full time job.

    7. kalibo aklan on

      Yes you should go back shame on you the highest absences in Kangkonres .What a waste of of our tax money for all your salaries.

    8. Yes, Paquiao mus, must, must go back to his elected post. No more money making scams.

    9. By paying his share of taxes from his boxing career. he is more than working as a legislator and a good law abiding citizen. Give him to recover and he is sure coming back to work.

    10. Nancy Bulok Cake on

      Kung ako sa gobyerno, pabayaan na si mary jane sa kulungan. Anyway her mother thinks the government did nothing to mary jane. Walang utang na loob ang mga veloso. Akala kasi ng mga Veloso ay kaya ni Binay na kausapin ang bansang Indonesia para pawalan si mary jane. Ang kaso walang personalidad si Binay kaya walang makikinig sa kanya sa labas ng Pilipinas. Alam kasi ng buong mundo ang kasuwapangan ng mga Binay sa pagnanakaw ng pera ng bayan. Akala ni Binay ay kaya niyang bayaran lahat ng tao kagaya ng mga kamag-anak/kumpare/kumadre nilang mga CA justices. Lahat halos ng huwes ay nasa payroll ni Binay.Binay is worst than Marcos. Nakakahiya ang Pilipinas kung maging president si Binay. Pangit na, pangit pa ang kaluluwa.

      • Julio Vasquez on

        ang buong paniniwala ng sambayanan ay tapos na ang isyung pagka.galit ng Nanay ni Ms. Velasco sa gobyerno. We have to move on and focus on the next chapter