Mar 24, 2021 @ 19:05
Pacquiao blasts Carpio for bringing up his bad attendance record in Congress
Senator Manny Pacquiao was pissed at Retired Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio days after the latter said he was not qualified to be president due to his absenteeism.
Carpio, who leads the 1Sambayan opposition coalition, candidly said in an ANC interview that the boxing champ turned lawmaker is not fit to aspire to lead the country, saying it was proof he is not competent.
“Ang pagkakaalam ko po ay wala po akong halos pagliban sa aking trabaho sa Senado ngayong 18th Congress or to be specific, apat lang po ang aking nalalaman na pagliban. Mayroon po akong pagliban sa pagpasok noong ako’y congressman pa, bakit naman ngayon ito ay ibinabato pa sa akin?,” said Pacquiao, who has repeatedly said that he doesn’t want to talk politics amid the pandemic.
Senators Tito Sotto and Ping Lacson both said they were approached by Pacquiao to inform them about his intent to vie for the presidency in the 2022 elections even during the lockdown period.
Pacquiao went on the defensive against Carpio.
“I have been absent not because i want to but because i need to. Kailangan kong puntahan ang aking distrito,” he added, noting he’s been visiting his self-funded Pacman Village. “Despite some absences while in Congress, my record as a legislator can speak for itself. Hindi naman po naging balakid ‘yun upang hindi ko magampanan ang aking trabaho sa publiko.”
Pacquiao very rarely attended House sessions when he was Sarangani congressman, usually absent half the time as he juggled his time with boxing trainings and other leisure activities.