There is no question that Manny Pacquiao is a legendary and talented man within the ring; but the country is yet to be convinced whether he can serve in the senate as well as he can punch in ring.
Pacquiao has served two terms in the House of Representatives and has been widely criticized for his absences during sessions due to his other commitments like boxing.
Now that he is already a senator, will he be able to step up to meet his responsibilities as a lawmaker? Pacquiao made a statement promising that gone are the days that he would lack in attendance. He said he would like to put that behind him and start anew by promising a perfect attendance if he can during sessions.
"Kung makaya natin i-perfect, bakit hindi?” Pacquiao told several Davao City reporters. He was there to play a friendly game of basketball along with some of President-elect Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s colleagues.
His latest statement on his promise coincidentally contradicts what he said last week refusing to promise to change his ways as it would go against his Christian faith knowing that he might not be able to fulfil such a commitment.
"Gagawin natin ang ating makakaya. Kapag nangako ka, for example, na perfect attendance ka, pero nagkasakit ka, hindi mo natupad 'yung pangako mo. I'm just giving an example," he told reporters on a press conference last May 19 right after he was declared as a senator.
The people’s champ also promised to study and have draft consultants in order to prepare him for senate.
He added: "I'm studying of course. In fact, this June may legislative course ako. Mag-aaral kami."
Despite his promises, the public still seem to think that these are empty promises. What the boxing legend, however, can offer to the table remains to be seen.