Pacquiao ready to rumble in Congress

By Caroline Howard, ANC

Posted at Nov 22 2010 09:32 PM | Updated as of Nov 23 2010 05:32 AM

MANILA, Philippines — Fresh from winning his 8th world title, Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao admits he's ready to rumble in Congress.

The anti-trafficking bill and a measure pushing for the creation of a provincial hospital are closest to his heart.

“Kailangang magkaisa tayong lahat at sugpuin natin yung human-trafficking (dahil) kawawa yung mga kababayan natin," he told ABS-CBN on Monday (Nov. 22). "Mayroon na iyang lugar na panlalagyan ng ospital. Ang problema ay iyong paglalagay. Hindi talaga... walang focus ang paglalagay ng provincial hospital."

"Ang problema doon kasi, malapit lang ang General Santos (sa Sarangani), so lahat pa ng pasyente ng Sarangani pumupunta pa ng GenSan para magpagamot. So pila ang pagamutan sa GenSan dahil sobra-sobra ang pasyente," he said.

Pacquiao is a confessed workaholic. On top of his legislative duties, the Pacman is also willing to be the poster boy of Philippine tourism.

“Marami tayong magaandang tanawin dito sa Pilipinas na hindi pa natin nakikita at kailangan natin i-promote yun at ipaalam sa lahat.  Unang-una, 'pag pumunta sila (tourists) sa Pilipinas is nandito ang 8th wonder," quipped the only boxer to ever win 8 world titles in 8 weight classes.

Still, the Pacman said he isn't ready to part with his now-trademark moustache and goatee.

"Ayaw ng asawa ko (Jinkee). Baka hindi daw niya ako makilala… ‘Pag magtanggal ako ng bigote baka hindi niya ako makilala,” he joked.

A self-made millionaire, he also cracked a joke about making more money by betting on the lotto.

“Ang laki pala ng lotto, tataya nga ako! Baka manalo ako," he said in jest.

Pacquiao may be an international figure, but he remains the same humble Filipino who never fails to look back at his roots.

“Kahit ano man ang marating ko, kahit ano pang tagumpay ang marating ko, ano pang biyaya maatim ko kailangan ko magpakumbaba dahil wag tayo masilaw sa mga material na matanggap natin at malunod at magbago tayo sa pakikitungo natin ka pawa natin. Kayang-kaya bawiin ng Panginoon right away… The more na magtagumpay , the more blessing na darating sa 'yo is the more dapat magpakumbaba para marami pang biyayang darating sa buhay mo,” he said.

“Masaya kapag nakatutulong tayo sa kapwa eh. Masaya parang ang gaan ng pakiramdam no?” he added.

For now, the 31-year-old Pacquiao is the symbol of every Filipino who values hard work and puts God and country above self.