Filipino ring icon and Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has been the center of attention last Monday when he called on the chief executive in Malacañang.
President Rodrigo Duterte seemed to be fond of the Filipino ring icon after joking that Pacquiao is possibly seeking for a higher position.
President Duterte raised the senator’s hand upon entering the palace’s Music Room and said that Pacquiao is for president.
“For President na ito ah”, Duterte quipped.
Senator Pacquiao recently won and gained the WBO Welterweight title from Mexican-American boxer Jessie Vargas last November 6, 2016 in Las Vegas.
He made a courtesy call to the president after a week of winning wherein Duterte stated the joke of Pacquaio being president.
Aside from the joke that President Duterte had made, he also agreed to the boxer’s defense of Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa’s acceptance of an all-expense free trip in Las Vegas to watch the fight of Pacquiao.
Dela Rosa also defended the free trip and said that there was nothing wrong with having Senator Pacquiao pay for his family’s trip in Las Vega because there was no money that has been taken from public funds.
However, the Office of the Ombudsman has started its investigation for possible violation of Presidential Decree 46, which makes it punishable for public servants, officials and employees to receive any gifts, and Republic Act 6713 or the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.
The president also added to the press last Monday, “Ang dinonate mo, ang dinonate mo ‘yung skill mo. It is a donation kung sabihin mo paano niya makita ‘yung skill mo. ‘Yung expenses, kaya mo man, commensurate to your wealth. So ang binayaran mo doon para mapanood siya ng skill mo.”
Statements and receipts of the overseas trip of Pacquiao and dela Rosa are now being asked by the Ombudsman.