Boxing superstar and Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao said the government should have informed him instead of announcing to the public the supposed kidnap plot by the Abu Sayyaf.
Pacquaio, who is running for the Senate, said the information about the kidnap plot by the terrorist-group Abu Sayyaf against him and his family members should have been directly communicated to him.
“For me, if that was the intelligence report, they should have told me in advance and not announce it,” said Pacquiao.
Though he has heard about similar plots “a long time ago,” he still doubted the veracity of the information.
“I have doubts, but I will not disregard it,” he added.
Pacquiao was reacting to an announcement made by President Aquino on Wednesday (April 27) about a supposed kidnap plot against the boxing superstar and the President’s youngest sister Kris or any of her children in exchange of some of the arrested members of the terrorist group.
“When I first heard (of the President’s statement), I was surprised because we are friends with everyone, especially our Muslim brothers and sisters, and we help those who need our help,” he said in Filipino while campaigning in Laguna on Thursday with the United Nationalist Alliance presidential bet Jejomar Binay.
Though surprised by the information, he said that he is taking extra precautions to secure his family and has requested for tighter security.
Malacañang, however, refused to provide more details of the kidnap plot and would rather focus on government efforts to neutralize the threats.
“Prudence demands that we do not go into more details as there are ongoing operations that may be affected,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said.
“A careful reading of the President’s statement will give you the context of the Abu Sayyaf group terror threat and government efforts to neutralize these threats,” he added.