MANILA — Vice presidential candidate and Senator Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said on Wednesday there should be a compromise on the issue confronting senatorial candidate and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s scheduled boxing fight next month.
In a press briefing, the independent vice presidential bet opined that a compromise should be reached that would be both beneficial to the Filipino people, particularly the boxing fans, and the other senatorial aspirants in the May 9 polls.
“Maghanap tayo compromise. 1. So that Filipinos can enjoy watching our champion fight and bring glory once again to the Philippines, and 2. At the same time not being disadvantageous dun sa ibang mga senatoriables,” Marcos said.
He added, “Ang sa akin, sa palagay ko, we should have a compromise na hindi naman masyadong malulugi ang ilang mga senador pero dapat naman tayong mga Pilipino ay makapag-enjoy na mapanood ang ating champion na lumalaban at nagbibigay ng dangal at kasiyahan sa lahat ng Pilipino.”
Marcos admitted that Pacquiao as a boxer is very popular.
“But in my view, he’s a sportsman, he’s a Philippine champion, he has brought a great deal of glory and honor to the Philippines, we should allow him to do that. Now, if that it will affect the elections, I am not sure sa pagpapalabas kung he has a extra publicity, nasa kanya naman talaga ang publicity dahil si Manny Pacquiao siya eh,” he explained.
The Ilocos lawmaker added, “Ang sinasabi ng iba, it is a news item, it’s a sports event, champion siya sa sports, he’s a sportsman, dapat nating tingnan. Para sa akin, we’ll have to wait for the Comelec to decide.”
Pacquiao is the guest senatorial candidate of the Miriam DefensorSantiago-Marcos tandem in the forthcoming elections.
The boxer’s fellow senatorial candidate Walden Bello has asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to look into the possible violation of election laws by the April 9 boxing match of Pacquiao against American Timothy Bradley, particularly the Fair Elections Act. Ferdinand G. Patinio/PNA/northboundasia.com