#TrendingTuesday: Many netizens not thrilled over Pacquiao as next senator
Barry Viloria on May 10, 2016 02:00 PM
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.
Pacquiao as a Senator. What a joke.— The Boy Wonder (@eboyfernandez) May 9, 2016
Pacquiao had his chance as a congressman, didn't pass anything and had the worst attendance. Done, let's make him a senator.— Erwan Heussaff (@erwanheussaff) May 9, 2016
pacquiao when he decided to run for senator pic.twitter.com/4yBzXSjNKj— hāl (@reyessance) May 9, 2016
I don't even know why Pacquiao is running for senator given his blatantly dismal performance as a congressman. Don't me.— JANVIER (@jnvrb) May 9, 2016
Pacquiao should not be a senator. His philanthropy does not make him qualified. He needs to know how to make & pass laws.— Sam Torres (@samininiii) May 9, 2016
Almost 15 million people voted for Pacquiao. That's almost 15 million Filipinos that don't understand what a Senator's really supposed to do— Nat de Izquierdo (@NatflixAndChill) May 10, 2016
Still, there are those who supported the boxer for his sense of philanthropy and good will.
even if pacquiao isnt that good being a senator atleast we know his intentions are 100% good— K (@Ohheyitskish) May 10, 2016
Easy. PACQUIAO gave much honor to our country, and SOTTO is an intelligent Senator who has perfect attendance. https://t.co/4fIHjhOpVl— Ferdinand Topacio (@FSTopacio) May 9, 2016
They say they voted Manny Pacquiao because he is very helpful to the poor, but Manny can do it even if he's not a senator.— Mark Angelo Arceo (@markangeloarceo) May 10, 2016
Dear Pacquiao,— karl dela cruz (@karldc_) May 9, 2016
Should you become a senator, I hope you make good of your term and file bills and laws supporting Philippine Sports.
just so you know one of the reason why people voted for pacquiao as senator is bc he build houses for yolanda victims using his own money— pam (@moredicasp) May 9, 2016
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.