When Manny Pacquiao announced his intention to run for a Senate seat, he was met with skepticism and ridicule by Filipinos because no one thinks he has the mettle to survive in the parliamentary slug fest.
But it all changed yesterday as Manny Pacquiao is proving to be a fast learner!
Yesterday, when it was least expected, Senator Pacquiao delivered the knock out punch that sent Senator Leila de Lima tumbling out of the Senate floor figuratively speaking.
The video below shows Senator Pacquiao taking up the Senate podium and asked the Senate president to move the Senate chairmanship and its members of the powerful senate committee on justice and human rights vacant.
In a 16-4 vote, Senator Leila de Lima was stripped of the chairmanship of the Committee on justice and human rights and replaced by Senator Richard Gordon.
As a result, Senator Pacquiao’s motion has sparked different reactions from netizens on social media.
In fact, Senator Pacquiao has spawned funny and witty memes as a gesture of appreciation for his epic move in the senate floor.
A fitting tribute to Manny Pacquiao has been immortalized in the words of journalist Malou Tiquia of Manila Times that reads:
History was made today, 19 September 2016 at the Senate. The first to unseat a chairman and members of a Standing Committee. He was ridiculed and nobody expected a motion from him, invoking plenary powers. Today, the Pambansang Kamao was a giant among giants in the annals of the Senate.
Meanwhile, netizen Manuel Castaneda thinks otherwise…
I wouldn’t give him that much credit. On his own, he wouldn’t have thought of the move to declare the committee vacant. For sure, napag-utusan lang.
Manila Times columnist Malou Tiquia has a different take on Manny Pacquiao’s move yesterday…
True Manuel Castaneda but the audacity for a neophyte to invoke that is what I like best!
Eggay Rillo Mangubat runs to the rescue of Senator Pacquiao and says:
Kahit ba napag utusan sya – ginamit pa din niya ang kanyang isip -siguro hindi naman uto uto yan basta padadala sa buyo!
Netizen Manuel Castaneda is not convinced at all and says:
hmmm…. he probably didn’t know what it was all about!
Celebrity Arnell Arevalo Ignacio disagrees with Manny Castaneda and shares his insights on Manny Pacquiao based on his personal experience…
I have been attending hearings on sports as pàgcor rep. He is doing an amazing job as i have posted before. Been meeting him i wont be surprise if he delivers more knockout legislative punches
Netizen Ross Elle jumped in the conversation to defend Pacquiao…
Problema kasi sir Arnell Arevalo Ignacio, may mga taong yung concept nila ng galing eh nakakahon lang. At minamata masyado si Pacman komo wala syang matinding educational at political pedigree.
But netizen Manuel Castaneda remains unconvinced…
I am sorry but I am still not too impressed with Manny Pacquiao. I far as I am concerned, he is a superb boxer and that’s about it. I still question his motives in joining the senate. I don’t buy the b.s. na “gusto yang makatulong”. It is still to enhance his self esteem. That’s about it.Yes, I also question his educational and political competence. He will not survive without the help of his advisers and that does not speak well of him. I don’t think he learned anything when he was a congressman. He hardly showed up in Congress!
Netizen Ross Elle argues that educational attainment is not the sole basis for intelligence…
That is why you cannot question intelligence by mere educational attainment only. He has the common sense of hiring educated and experienced people in his team to get him ready and going as a senator. Sir Manuel, not all highly educated ones make the most intelligent moves and actions. Just look at Delima and Roxas. But what the Pacman did is certainly a very intelligent one. Political or otherwise.
Please post your reaction or comment below.
Source: Malou Tiquia
Well, Senator Pacquio may not be a lawyer or he did not have educational attainment of other senators. In my opinion, Pacquio, as a representatve of Saranggani, gave more to the less fortunate with his own earnings in boxing. His PSCO’s ads netted him 9 ambulances where he distributed them to barangays, gave boats to fishermen, donated parcel of land to relocate people whose houses were destroyed by typhoons, and many more. Now compare with senators who pocketed and still pockets PDAP and DAP, which are people’s money. Tell me who is more honorable?
Really true Pacman spends his own earnings in advertising or his winning money to improve the life of his constituents where he serves as congressman. Giving a good life to those young generation to train to be a good boxer. He doesn’t spends the tax of the Filipino people to do all this, unlike Roxas and delima. Saludo ang mga mamamayang Filipino sa iyo Senator Manny Pacquio.
If the move of Manny Pacquiao did not sit well with the educated people and the intellectuals, for me it was the best in Manny that I have seen so far. In fact, I am beginning to see Manny in a different light. It’s true he lacks the necessary education, but he has the passion and the desire to learn the ins and outs of this position. I don’t think also that he is doing it for his own interest. So many times, Manny has done something to help the hapless Filipinos and he has been doing these charitable acts without being published in the media. Manny has the heart which other lawmakers (most of them actually) don’t. So let us not underestimate, Sen. Pacquiao. Let us look at him beyond his educational attainment.
I salute your comments mam Dinia Santos. That was why even if was discouraged by many, i still voted for him in the recent elections and i’m glad he delivers! Again,mabuhay ka Senator Manny Pacquiao!
Putting aside political color, my take on senator Manny was his courage and political will. Mr. Castaneda, we had leaders who were even Ivy League-educated but educational attainment alone will not make a man. And mind you, Sen. Pacquiao is a diligent student, he has been studying public governance because he has the means plus he wanted to put to rest those brickbats that he cant cope with Senate’s daily grind. He pushes himself. You and your “intellectual” kinds kuno, you have nothing but negative on someone doing something good. Pinoy crabs, you have it, you are of them. Love your country, serve her well. If Senator Manny can do his share for the country, who are you to malign and underestimate his feats and what he could do more? Let’s get rid of this Pinoy crabs among us, that has been nailing us down the drain. Be a patriot if you know what I mean.
He does not have a higher education that you expect but he had shown a higher moral values and have done a lot of good things for people than other politicians on earth. What he had done for the good of the people is been circulated around the world. Compare to De5 who graduated from college but not educated. Her learning is twisted so does Trillanes.
Pacquiao has all his reasons to oust De Lima seeing that she had used her chair to demolish Duterte and without the slightest remorse that along the way she’s dragging the whole country down the toilet with her. Pacquiao growing up with barely to eat knows how difficult the lives of the marginalized citizens of this country just can’t stomach of what’s going on with De Lima’s committee. One doesn’t need to have a PhD to seen how De Lima is trying to paint the country negatively to the international community just to bring down Duterte. Pacquiao must have seen enough of her mentally unstable acts that provoke Pacquiao to oust her.
Manuel Castaneda is one of those who believe that intelligence can only be attained through education. An attitude of a closed mindset that is why it’s hard for them to accept that an undergraduate like Manny can be that smart.
Mr MCastaneda open your eyes that you may see that there are so many street children that are smarter that those who are privileged to be in schools.
Intelligence is not based on educational attainment because it is God given. By the way it is not simply intelligence but wisdom. Wisdom comes from God and you cannot earn it but ask for it as King Solomon did when he became a King.
Exactly.Nevermind if undergraduate from any degree before,for as long as he want to serve his country and people from heart and his best.Not a cheat,thief,liar..Too dirty politics…Mabuhay pa rin c Pacman..
Aanhin mo ang mga Harvard graduate, com laude,may mataas na pinag aralan Kong gahaman nmn at traydor.nagising na po ang 91% na mga Filipino d LNG pandinig ginagamit ngaun kundi Mata.dilat na dilat!!!!!
Manuael Castaneda. You are right on his own Manny Pacquiao would not be given any credit. I saw Drillon laughing at him during his first speech at the Senate, but who’s laughing now. If there’s anything most people don’t realise is that he is a Bible believing Christian. What just happened to Delima at the Senatr reminds me of a Bible verse when God said “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent”. Mr Castaneda, just a warning, you and the arrogant senators are not fighting against Pacquaio, you are fighting against his God. If God is for him, who can be against him. As long as he depends on God he will succeed. God hears the prayers of the Filipinos
I think Sen Pacquiao’s presence and/or actions in the Senate are not meant to impress anybody (that’s what I highly (presumed)….
I firmly believed that all of them (Sen/Cong, etc), have their own motive/agenda…as to wether it is political or personal, is far beyond our concern….afterall these will clearly be observed and will manifest in their undertakings as lawmakers…
At this stage, I admire this Man, for He has the courage to speak and present himself in the Senate hall, despite his being a neophyte and probably aware that he lacks the academic credentials and competence just like the old-timers…For indeed has shown a high degree of Potentials…
Lastly, I am into conclusion that all Senators have their own sets of advisers…in fact others have more than what is required…
Sen Manny is an intelligent man, It’s just that he was deprived of an early, expensive education when he was young.. He does not have the vocabulary in English like the elitist do, but in he is learning the language and I’ll not be surprised if one of these days he’ll already speak the language of the high and mighty.though I hope he’ll not become one of the snobs
We have been praying for our country for the longest time. Maybe God allowed Sen. Manny to become a senator for such a time as this…and also to show people that the the so-called intellectuals have nothing to boast about!
May God bless you and guide you with His wisdom, senator.
Wisdom, will power and good intention lead
Sen Pacquiao to where he is today. Let us give him a chance and I think he is doing very well.
Go go go Sen Manny. God will direct you always!
Not all educated are wiser
Not all wise are educated
But even if you are not educated enough and you
have the Wisdom , Heart and common sense, that is all that matters
Mr. Castaneda not because you speak, read and write English very well than Pacquio it doesn’t mean he makes him less smart or intellegent. He may not have the proper education on a certain specialization but that does not mean he is stupid. Why is it hard for you to swallow that Pacquio despite of his lack of education and poor English he has much wisdom and sense rather than all of us? In other progressive countries education is not the basis to get a better job, but if you are good in what you do. Only in the Philippines measure the intellectuality of a person on how good you are in speaking English and if you are grammatically correct.
I don’t really care what Castañeda said or will say about Manny. The thing is probably, Mr. Castaneda wished he was the one who said the motion so he can have the credits. So what is your motive Mr. Castañeda? We would rather have the uneducated man like Manny who serves the country and the Filipino people with a sincere heart than those who are said to be intellegent with all the Masters Degree and honors but with a selfish heart and arrogant.
It was a brilliant and calculated move by Senator Manny Pacquiao. Whether or not he was advised, coached, or instructed to do so does not matter anymore. He did what he thinks need to be done under the circumstances and it takes a lot of courage to do that to a veteran lawyer like Senator De Lima.
Senator Leila Delima is surely in “dilema” having been stripped of her position. She’s like a headless chicken walking about. Tsk..tsk
For those people criticizing Manny’s intelligence and intention in sitting as Senator of this country, you might as well change the Constitution so that all candidates that will be running for the said position will be in accordance of your so called “qualification”….
8 division world champion!for all we know he will be the next conscientios leader of this country!
Sa totoo lng si Manny Pacquiao ang may lakas loob at tapang sa senado para patalsikin si D5
Among all the Senator na trying to belittle Many Pacquiao no one expected that move from him.
Unbelievable❤❤❤keep up the good work and people believe in you and God is always on your side.❤❤❤
Kung sino pang walang de kalibring education ay siya pang naka gawa ng milagro sa senado.
Don’t judge the book by its cover !!! It’s because Manny don’t have the educational attainment and qualifications he don’t have know-how , cuz that’s discrimination !!! No one should be be discriminated as to their age race status diverse background disability !!!
fast learner si pacman,at may puso;gusto na rin nya ng pagbabago..umiiral pa rin sa atin ang pagiging elites at di kayang ilevel up si pacman sa tingin nila
Admire Manny Pacquiao. He has the heart for the Filipino people. Nobody did think of it even the best of best intellectuals in the Senate except Manny Pacquiao. Manny go on and push through with what you believe is good for the Filipinos. He feels what it feels if the Philippines will not be cleansed of drugs. God bless you Manny.
This guy, Manuel Castaneda is so full of himself…who is he to critize Manny Pacqiao…the man has made himself evolved and reinvent himself before our eyes….from a lowly street hustler…to an 8 division world boxing champion…to congressman,… then senator,…and a millionaire, a philanthropists, who built a hospital in his town, help the downtrodden and poor with his boxing money,.. a hero and a true inspirational human being to all in the whole world, not.just to the Filipino people. What has Mr.Manuel Cantaneda done to others….or to speak for himself…. has he help others uplift their lives? ..He is but a shallow man…who thinks highly of himself…. In others word…he has delusions of grandeur.
I praise Sen.Manny Paquiao for his courage
as far as CASTANEDA he is just jealous and
He just suggested it. The rest of the members voted. Won landslide. Why make a big deal?
Pac-Man may not have attain the formal education but informal education from his family and environment that was make him great.
His humility is a stand out. Di ko po siya nakita na habang may nagsasalita ay palakad lakad, nakahandusay sa pag upo, bulong dito, bulong doon, nagkakape, nag ce cellphone, siya po ay nakikinig. Iyon po ang tinuro niya sa akin – respect to the person talking and reverence to the halls of the Senate belonging to the people of the Republic of the Pearl of the Orient Seas scattered all over the world. Salamat po Senator Manny Pacquaio.
Never under estimate the capacity and capability of anybody: young or old, black or brown or yellow or white, educated or not….”Judge not the yee be not judged”…
8 division world champion. Maraming natulungan without kapalit. Ikaw castaneda? Sino kaba gunggung? Ano nagawa mo para sa bayan? Nakakubli ka sa aircon mung bahay. Dmo alam pano hirap. Kapal naman ng mukha mo. I bet kng magkaletse2x ang pinas dali mo cguro maka punta sa america bobo ka. Dilat mga mata ng mga pilipino gago! Kng educado pero kawatan naman bobo mo. Sino kaba? Kaya nga d ka namin kilala kc wala kng nagawa at silbi sa bayan. So shut ur mouth. Maypa analyst2x kapa.
VERY DISHEARTENING TO WITNESS FELLOW FILIPINO belittling the ability to serve the country by a FELLOW FILIPINO.
MANUEL CASTANEDA, i don’t know you and i don’t wish nor intend to know you but here is for you- it’s your right to state your opinion but it is also your obligation to uplift the spirit of your fellowmen. So what if Senator MANNY PACQUIAO is being asked to unseat Senator De Lima or he has another agenda of doing so,is that not a RESPECTABLE way of doing his job? Do you really need to measure his intelligence by how much he learned in the school?
Maybe i have to remind you that what you become is thanks to the 70 percent you learned from the environment and a merely 30percent from formal school of learning. I myself have a college degree course but i believe my knowledge still limited but not a valid reason for me not to come forward say my piece about this matter.
#encouraging words are very crucial at this very crucial times of our ever beloved PHILIPPINES# PEACE IS ALWAYS THE KEY#
“To make a story short.Manny Pacquio is gifted for the benefits of our country the Phillipines and becoming Inspiration of other countries”.
be remember it is only Senator Pacquiao who made the motion to make the committee on justice & human rights to be vacant and it was voted upon and the yes vote get the majority meaning it was decide by all member of the Senate, it only means that committee is not functioning the way the committee should function. The action is for the good of the Filipinos, anyway the hearing is in progress.
So many had questioned manny for his capacity as senator and say he couldn’t do such thing without being coached . Be as it may, but look, he’ve been a congressman for few years too. Surely he must’ve leant something too… . And surely senator manny studied the best he can to fit in there and to serve our country and fellow men . So why question him? That only shows that he is trying and learning and executing what he learnt. Right? So give the guy a break .
THANK GOD FOR U GUYS WHO REMAIN, TO BE FAITHFUL TO OUR LAND.THE LORD IS WORKING.HE HEARS EVERY WHISPERED PRAYER.LETS CONTENUE TO PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS,SATAN IS WORKING USING THOSE BAD GUYS,BUT GREATER IS THE LORD,GIVING WISDOM TO OUR LEADERS.SO I DECLARE HEALING AND VICTORY TO OUR LAND.2ND CHRO.7:14-16.GOD BLESS U ALL
Education does not only attained in famous educational institution, 10 US presidents, to mention President Truman, President Lincoln, George Washington Andrew Jackson etc. Do not under estimate Senator Pacquiao, he could hire the best tutor and professor if he want to, I remember when he was first introduced here as a boxer he could not even speak good English. Be careful who you are talking to, you maybe have Phd, or MA but you maybe working for a college drop out or a mob boss.
eto na nmang mga “disenteng tao KUNO” PWEEH, SARAP NYONG DURAAN. MR. CASTNEDA, U R REAlly in no position to judge anyone much more a senator and a pride of this country. look at ur sen. pangilinan, a harvardian, what achievement has he done? as far as i know, the only thing known to him is that he’s married to sharon cuneta period, yan ba mga example mo na dapat maging senador? bullshit ka ! even pangilinan’s children dont have anything to brag bout their inutile father!sarap tahiin mga labimo castaneda!