- Despite his busy boxing career, Manny Pacquiao still delivers in the Senate
- He was able to file bills that were passed into laws since he was a congressman
- KAMI listed some of his authored and co-authored bills as a politician
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Manny Pacquiao has proved that he can be the boxing champion and still deliver at the Senate. In 2016, Pacquiao won a seat in the Senate after serving as a congressman for years.
KAMI learned that Pacquiao has been trying to remain true to his campaign which is to ease the lives of the Filipinos. The People’s Champ was able to file Senate bills that benefit the athletes and majority of the Filipinos. He also has 4 laws under his name since he became a member of the House of Representatives.
KAMI listed the 6 notable bills filed by Manny Pacquiao:
1. Senate Bill No. 1206
During the first day of 17th Congress, Pacquiao filed a bill in favor of his co-boxers. Senate bill no. 1306 aims to establish Philippine Boxing and Combat Sports Commission. As reported by Rappler, two years after lots of scrutiny, the Senate approved the bill.
2. Senate Bill. No. 1277 aka Free Internet Access Program Act
In 2017, Pacquiao co-authored the Free Internet Access Program Act to provide free Wi-Fi access in public places.
“If free WI-FI is available to the public, they don’t have to use up their loads by connecting to a mobile data. It would mean more savings for our people and, above all, it would give as ready access to information we need,” Pacquiao stated.
3. Senate Bill No. 1270 aka National Bible Day
Pacquiao filed Senate Bill No. 1270 which seeks to declare a special working holiday called “National Bible Day” in observance of Christians’ faith. Senator Joel Villanueva also co-authored the bill stating that 93% of the population in the country is composed of Christians.
“With the continuous increase in the population of Christianity in our country, I believe that the National Bible Holiday would become a catalyst that encourages the development of the moral character and spiritual foundation of every Filipino,” Pacquiao said in a report by GMA News.
4. Republic Act 10828
Pacquiao filed Republic Act 10828 when he was still a congressman. This law is known as “An Act establishing a regular district office of the Land Transportation Office in the province of Sarangani and appropriating funds”. It was signed by former President Benigno Aquino III.
5. Republic Act 10679
Pacquiao co-authored Republic Act 10679 which aims to promote entrepreneurship and financial literacy program among the Filipinos as reported by Philippine Star.
6. Republic Act 10699
Another co-authored bill filed by Pacquiao was Republic Act 10699 which was an expanded version of RA 9064 or the National Athletes, Coaches and Trainers Benefits and Incentives Act of 2001.
In a recent report by KAMI, Pacquiao spoke before the students of Oxford Union and Cambridge Union. He shared about his success story; how he was illiterate then and how he became such a success nowadays.
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