#TrendingTuesday: Many netizens not thrilled over Pacquiao as next senator

Barry Viloria on May 10, 2016 02:00 PM
Many netizens not thrilled over Pacquiao as next senator
Controversial boxer draws flak over lead in political race.

He’s better off as a boxer, and he should have stayed that way.

This is what we’re all grasping so far from the Filipino online community over the news of People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao finishing strong in the senatorial elections held May 9.

As of 12:59 noon on Tuesday, the Comelec Transparency Server has tallied a total of 14,960,572 for Pacquiao. The partial and unofficial results also showed that the former Congressman and eight-division boxing titlist is at the eighth spot, trailing behind seasoned politicians like Frank Drilon, Dick Gordon, and Ping Lacson, and first-time senators Joel Villanueva and Risa Hontiveros.

Many maintained Pacquiao’s inability and inexperience to draft bills compared to the rest of the senatorial candidates.

Still, there are those who supported the boxer for his sense of philanthropy and good will.

Pacquiao, an outgoing Sarangani representative of two terms, ran under the United Nationalist Alliance. He declared his candidacy for the Senate in October, despite rumors of him going for the presidential spot instead.

He also drew criticisms over his dismal attendance in Congress. From an accounted 34 session days from January 20 to Dec. 17 in 2014, he only showed up four times.

The 37-year-old pugilist remained controversial in the political arena after calling people in same-sex relationships as “worse than animals.” Giant sports brand Nike, which Pacquiao endorsed for more than eight years, eventually cut its ties with the boxer, calling the said comment homophobic and against the company’s values.

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