Pacquiao: I don't have a US green card

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 10 2013 07:33 PM | Updated as of Dec 11 2013 03:33 AM

MANILA - Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday denied he had a green card or a permanent resident status in the United States.

Pacquiao showed up in Congress for the first time since he won his last fight in Macau several weeks ago.

Interviewed by reporters, Pacquiao said he did not even allow his children to study in the US despite their wishes.

"Ayaw ko nga pag-aralin ang mga anak ko sa Amerika. Mga anak ko gusto mag-aral sa Amerika," he said.

He confirmed that what he has is a P1 visa that allows him to work and earn income in the US.

"Wala naman akong green card. May P1, Oo para puwede ka lumaban, kumita doon," he said.

He said he is leaving up to God those who insinuate he is a green card holder.

Pacquiao also denied he has plans of joining the House minority, despite the Bureau of Internal Revenue's garnishment of his banl accounts over tax issues.

His lawyer, Tranquil Salvador, earlier denied in a text message that his client is a green card holder.

Pacquiao showed up at the House of Representatives to receive a resolution of commendation from his colleagues on his recent victory.

"Masaya ako dahil binigyan nila ako ng parangal sa House. Salamat sa suporta ng mga kasamahan ko," he said.

Pacquiao is the richest lawmaker in the last Congress. He is also its top absentee, based on the House journals.