Leaving a Legacy by C. de los Angeles
The great and powerful Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, on his thoughts for the 2022 Presidential election once said, “Franco, don’t underestimate Manny Pacquiao,” quoting from an article by today’s leading political strategist, Franco Mabanta.
Even National Artist, F. Sionel Jose wrote the following in support of Manny Pacquiao for President:
“First – Manny has money for the campaign. He does not have to scrounge for funds; and every peso of his money was earned, his body punished for it.
Second – Manny is intelligent; to be where he is, he trained very hard, disciplined himself, and studied himself, his opponents, their strengths and weaknesses. His response, powered by this intelligence, is automatic and quick.
Third – he rose from the depths of poverty, he knew what hunger only too well, that poverty is our people’s most serious problem. How to abolish it, I hope, is his first priority. I hear that his vices are few, affordable and riddable.
Fourth – Manny has found faith and religion which give him moral strength and direction. He is now a Senator; he is exposed to the realities of political power, how it is acquired, how it can be abused. I hope this Senate experience has illustrated to him who are the real enemies of the Filipino people, who made them poor. The oligarchy – I hope that deep in his heart and mind he understands this – that to erase poverty in this country, it is necessary to destroy, emasculate or change this oligarchy and to neutralize their political allies.”
While most of us may have our opinions it would be unwise not to heed the advise of our elders given their long years of experience.
Personally, I may have been one of the many ignorant, arrogant and elitist few who would laugh and jeer at the very thought of a MANNY PACQUIAO presidency. However, reflecting on the wise words of Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile and National Artist F. Sionil Jose — what has my breed, my kind brought us. We have had the brilliant President Marcos and housewife and supposedly not corrupt President Corazon Aquino. We have had the likes of President Ramos, President Erap, President Arroyo and another President Aquino, but we never had a true People’s Camp like Manny Pacquiao. He is not from a political family, he is not from an ivy league school or even the top schools in the Philippines. Hey, his English ain’t great either. He is a true outsider in Philippine political oligarchy, but he may actually be our country’s saving grace to propel us back to our lost greatness.
Why do I think he may be our great white knight, our hero, a superman to sweep us off our feet?
Cue song – Bonnie Tyler’s Holding out for a Hero:
“Where have all the good men gone…”
As mentioned earlier what has happened to all the so-called “good men or women” who became our president? Prim and proper, well educated, yet what good has it done us? Has our country reached greater heights or really have we been left behind by our Asian neighbors?
Manny Pacquiao is a good man. He may have his faults in the past and he has changed for the better but deep down inside ever since he has always been a good man, ready to help anyone despite being abused and taken advantaged of numerous times.
He is also very humble, he knows he does not know everything and is always open to discussion and learn new things. Look what happens when you think you know everything, you get things like President Aquino’s Mamasapano where 44 SAF were killed.
This humility will work best and will be a stark difference from the past presidencies. In the past you have had very hierarchal leadership where the president knows best and gives out commands for everyone to follow. But with Manny Pacquiao we may be able to achieve a true team effort in bringing and raising our country up.
They say leadership is not necessarily being the smartest but by surrounding yourself with the best and the brightest who can work in bringing out the best in their work and in the framework and priorities laid out by the team leadership.
What if we paired Manny Pacquiao with someone as brilliant and patriotic as Ramon Ang as his vice president? There is no shame in being someone’s VP especially if it will be a collaborative leadership, a true team effort. Together they could work together and build a winning team to overcome the numerous problems and challenges we face.
“I need a hero… I’m holding’ out for a hero ’til the end of the night . . .”
There is a reason Manny Pacquiao is called the “People’s Champ.” He continuously fights for us and for our country against all odds. And his constant fighting for us is the reason that he is admired by the masses. Imagine it is only when he fights that the country is united and there is zero crime. No other individual in our generation has that kind of effect in a country.
Now people may say he does not speak English that well or he is not smart. Regarding English my answer would be, does it matter? We are Filipinos, he speaks Filipino and Bisaya. There are many world leaders who do not speak English and have translators during conferences. Do not force the English if not needed. As to not being smart, I believe he may not been exposed to many things but I do not think he is not smart. To be a great boxer you need to study your opponents, strategize and anticipate. This not only requires quick reflexes but intelligence as well.
Also as a fellow Christian in the Bible 1 Corinthians 1:27 it reads, “But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” God uses those perceived weak or not as brilliant because it is through them that God’s power is best seen. Who would you appreciate God’s word and power more from an already brilliant intellectual and orator or from deaf, dumb mute who all of a sudden became a brilliant orator who delivers God’s message?
God uses the weak for great things, He used Moses who stuttered and was not eloquent to lead his people out of Egypt. He used a small boy, David to slay the giant Goliath. He used simple fishermen as prophets to evangelize the world and spread the gospel.
Manny Pacquiao is the perfect vehicle for God to shine and for him to accomplish Gods plans and works for out nation.
“Its gonna take a superman to sweep me off my feet, I need a Hero”
Senator Manny Pacquiao knows how to endure long hours of training, he is fit and ready to fight. He has the stamina and the endurance for what the presidency needs.
He has the heart for true public service and can be a unifying factor in a divided country. I believe Senator Manny Pacquiao as a possible future president can be the superman to sweep us off our feet, be the Hero that unites and delivers us to greatness.