Naming renowned boxer and Saragani Rep. Manny Pacquiao the richest member of the 15th Congress, and, in fact, considered one of the richest man in the Philippines, is not surprising to anybody, here and abroad, who has been following his remarkable career.
Until Pacquiao came along, it has been an accepted reality that Filipino boxers are good, becoming famous and making the country proud – winning Asian and world championship belts in various weights divisions – but sustaining their winning ways after being paid their prize monies has always been questionable. Almost always they end up poor and struggling again.
Pacquiao proved that with the boxer’s winning, it could change a boxer’s fortune – that of being able to live a fulfilling life, and much, much more, but only if you are determined to train much harder and do much better the next time, and follow the strict discipline you will be imposing on yourself.
These are traits that have made Pacquiao unlike any other Filipino boxer – from the time he dropped out of high school at 14 and left for Manila to launch his career in boxing in order to help his mother raise the rest of his 5 siblings, until he became famous and more determined than ever to earn his high school diploma, which he passed in 2007, thus, making him eligible for college education. The rest is history.
Now, an exceedingly rich celebrity and influential at that, Pacquiao has been lured to enter politics, and like a fish thrown to the water, he has adopted well to his new environment and is becoming more of a politician than a boxer.
Obviously, Pacquiao is using his wealth and popularity to the hilt and there is no better place to flaunt it than in Congress, where everybody else is filthy and disgustingly rich.
It was overwhelming, but not surprising at all when reports came out, saying, that Pacquiao has already gifted for Christmas 286 of his peers with expensive Techno Marine watches. Note that the champ is an endorser of this watch.
Rose Tamayo, Pacquiao’s media relations officer, said the watches were “limited edition” TechnoMarine watches with an extra strap bearing the Filipino boxer’s signature.
The pricey watch is said to cost around Php30,000 each. Needless to say that Pacquiao has spent around Php8.5 million, but these are just for the number we know about. Could there be more? Without doubt!
I am not questioning the spirit of giving, especially during the Yuletide season but, surely, I am questioning the motive behind the giving of expensive gifts to the already ‘multipled’ blessed members of Congress.
If it is coming from Pacquiao’s goodness of his heart, then why not give the amount to the needy? Why give to those already wallowing in their own shitty wealth?
Pacquiao’s misplaced generosity simply leaves a foul taste in my mouth. I wonder if this is what his new found religiosity is telling him to do.
What pomposity and what an insensitive jerk he has become!