Incumbent senator and PROMDI standard-bearer Manny Pacquiao. (Photo courtesy of Filipino Live)
By Tracy Cabrera
MANILA — Apparently piqued by criticisms that he lacks the knowledge and skills to assume the country’s highest post as president, incumbent senator and PROMDI presidential aspirant Manny Pacquiao shot back at his detractors saying he would certainly have not gunned for the presidency if he is not knowledgeable about the solutions to the problems of the country.
In a statement directed to his critics, the People’s Champ revealed that before he had decided to run for president, he had carefully studied the problems of the country and formulated solutions that would be in tune with his brand of leadership that would promote honesty, integrity and transparency and do away with graft and corrupt practices that is now prevalent in government.
“I would not embarrass myself in aiming for the top government seat. Alam n’yo, pinag-aralan ko po lahat ‘yan, kung ano ang problema ng ating bansa, pinag-aralan ko. Kaya nga sinasabi ko sa lahat na hindi ako tatakbo sa pagkapangulo kung kulang po ang aking kaalaman, kung hindi ko po alam ang problema ng ating bansa,” Pacquiao stressed — visibly irked over repeated allegations that he is “unlettered” to become president of the republic.
“Bakit ko ipapahiya ang sarili ko na tatakbo ako rito tapos matagal kong inalagaan ang pangalan ko, tapos tatakbo ako rito sa pagkapangulo na wala akong alam? Hindi po ako tumatakbo na wala akong alam, kundi alam ko po ang lahat ng problema,” he reiterated.
Pacquiao stressed he is knowledgeable about the solutions to problems like those related to the economy, creation of jobs, and most especially corruption.
And when asked about the comment of critics that he does not have enough experience in politics, the senator said that he surpasses other presidential candidates in terms of experiences in life.
“Alam n’yo po, kapag experience sa buhay ang pag-uusapan, daig ko po ‘yan sila lahat,” the eight-division world title-holder said while citing the difficulties he faced before becoming a boxing champion.
He pointed at his capability to lead as he discussed possible solutions to the economic woes of the country during the Covid-19 pandemic and according to the former member of the Lower House as a representative then of Sarangani province, his administration (if he wins in the forthcoming May elections) would focus on providing more budget for micro, small and medium enterprises as well as in attracting more investors from other countries while boosting the non-tax revenue income.
He also noted that the country has debt because its expenses are higher than its income.
“Ang concern po natin, iyong revenue income ng ating gobyerno, napakaliit po. Ang sinasabi ko nga po dito ay kung talagang matatalino po talaga ang mga namuno mula pa noon hanggang ngayon, alam mo sa totoo lang ang dapat nating pagtuunan ng concern natin iyong revenue income ng ating gobyerno,” he pointed out.
“Kumbaga sa isang bahay, iyong income ng isang bahay, mas malaki ang ginagastos ng isang bahay kaysa income ng isang bahay, so ganun po ang sitwasyon ng ating bansa. Mas malaki ang ginagastos natin taon-taon kaysa kinikita ng ating bansa, kaya palaki nang palaki ang deficit natin at inuutang natin,” he added in conclusion. (ai/mtvn)