Pacquiao expresses dismay over Philippine culture of politics; admits desire to quit

Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao

Being a neophyte lawmaker, Senator Manny Pacquiao couldn’t hide his frustrations over what he witnessed in the system of politics in the Philippines.

The boxing champ did not detail the reasons for his apparent dismay over the culture of politics.

He admitted that sometimes he thinks of giving up his political career.

“Alam ninyo sa totoo lang, ito yung nadiskubre ko. Kung tatanungin mo ko ngayon sa pulitika, parang gusto kong madismaya,madiscourage, gusto kong umayaw na ganito pala ang pulitika, kasi hindi ako marunong mamulitika e,” Pacquiao said.

(To be honest this what I have discovered. If you will ask me now about politics, I feel dismayed, discouraged. I feel like quitting after realizing that politics is like this because I don’t engage in politicking.)

The senator divulged his sentiments when asked about the qualifications of certain controversial personalities included in the preliminary list of senatorial candidates of the ruling party- PDP-Laban.

The party’s president, Senate President Koko Pimental, said he wants to talk to Senator Pacquiao regarding the issue.

Pimentel said he feels for Pacquiao as he also went through the same situation when he was a newcomer.

The Pimentel also admitted that until now, he too has frustrations.

“Pareho kami ni Manny (Manny and I are the same). Anytime, we can turn our back on politics, ” he said.

“Meron sali-sali sa partido hindi naman naniniwala sa party ideology di ba frustrating yun? Dapat sumasali sa party dahil naniniwala sa programa sa ideology ng party, hindi dahil sa amin ang presidente,”Pimentel said.

(There are those who join the party but don’t believe in the party’s ideology. Isn’t that frustrating? You should join a party because you believe in their program and ideology, not because the president belongs to that party.)

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