Former Sarangani Congressman and now Senator-elect Manny Pacquiao said on Thursday, May 19 that he would seek the permission of the Filipino people first before he makes a decision whether to join the Olympics this August, or not.
When asked if he would accept an offer to join the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the new senator-elect said in Filipino, “We are still thinking of that well, since the Olympics will be in August. But my job will [start] in June, so they might say, oh it’s your first month at work and you’re absent.”
Pacquiao aslo addressed criticisms about the reported absences he incurred during Congress sessions, when he was training for his boxing bouts. Pacquiao said “I might be blamed again. I have to ask the Filipino people if they would agree to let me participate in the Olympics.”
When asked if his “absentee” status would change once he begins work in the Senate, Pacquiao said, “I really thought about it well before I ran for a national [position], the responsibility I would take on would not be on a district or provincial level, but that which would entail serving all the Filipino people.”
Citing religious beliefs, Pacquiao added that it would not be wise not to fulfill one’s promises. “As a Christian, it would not be right to promise something you cannot fulfill.”