MANILA - Neophyte Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday said he has been mulling over quitting his post due to frustration on what he has found out about politics.
“Sinabi ko nga sa asawa ko, parang gusto kong mag-resign. Pero 'pag umayaw naman ako sa pulitika, sino na lang na ano, 'yung may puso talaga, sino na lang tao ang tutulong, magse-serbisyo sa gobyerno. Alam naman natin na maraming educated person na naging lider ng ating bansa eh, wala rin namang nangyayari,” he said.
“Marami akong nadiskubre pagdating sa pulitika na hindi mo malaman na, hindi mo malaman kung totoo o hindi na, maraming nagtatago sa ibang anyo,” he added.
The senator, a fierce administration ally, refused to mention names and only said that what frustrates him the most are those who keep criticizing and planning destabilization plots against President Rodrigo Duterte.
Pacquiao, a professional boxer who rose from poverty and eventually ventured into politics, believes a public servant who can really help the nation is someone who has experienced poverty.
“Gumagastos ako para makatulong sa tao. Ang problema, maraming mga pulitiko, ninanakawan 'yung mga tao. 'Pag nagnakaw ka sa gobyerno, ninananakawan mo 'yung mahihirap na tao imbes na tulungan mo sila,” he said.
Pacquiao said he is not sure if he would still pursue politics, adding that he has until 2022 to decide.
The senator's pronouncements came as he defended Communications Assistant Secretary Margaux Uson’s possible senatorial bid in 2019.
He described the performer as “matalino at may pinag-aralan naman (bright and educated).”
Pacquiao said no one should judge anybody who is sincere in serving.
As for the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan's initial senatorial lineup earlier announced by House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, Pacquiao, a party member, suggested an addition: Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa.
In a separate interview, Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, the party president, shared Pacquiao's sentiments.
“Totoo 'yun, maraming hindi sincere sa politics,” the senate president told reporters.
Pimentel said he has also experienced the same frustrations, especially towards politicians whose only objective is to ensure their political survival.
He said the ruling party also has such politicians among its ranks.
“Sali-sali sa partido, hindi naman naniniwala sa party ideology, hindi ba frustrating 'yun? Dapat sumasali sa party dahil naniniwala sa programa, sa ideology ng party, hindi dahil sa amin ang President,” Pimentel said of the party who counts Duterte among its stalwarts.
Pimentel vowed to personally talk to Pacquiao and enlighten him about politics.
“Pareho kami ni Manny (Pacquiao), anytime we can turn our back to politics,” he said.