Pacquiao wants to revive recitation of 'Panatang Makabayan' in schools

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 23 2019 05:33 PM

Senator Manny Pacquiao during a regular session at the Senate on September 17, 2019. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - Sen. Manny Pacquiao said he wants to revive the daily recitation of “Panatang Makabayan” in schools to remind students about love of country.

“Sana tayong lahat maging loyal tayo sa ating bansa. Nawala na kasi yung loyalty sa ating school," he told reporters last Wednesday night.

"Lagi natin sanang balikan yun no kasi masarap yun eh, parang na-realize mo ang patriotism sa ating bayan. Lahat tayo mag-ambag-ambag na mabago natin ang ating bansa."

The Philippines' boxing icon said he once planned to be a US “green card holder” sometime in 2009 but eventually abandoned it.

“Naka-schedule na ako to have an interview sa US embassy para makakuha ng green card. Tinanong ko ano bang green card, ano bang sasabihin mo dun?

“Sasabihin mo raw doon na talikuran mo yung bansang Pilipinas tapos pinagsisihan mo na naging Filipino citizen. Sabi ko, forget about it, hindi ko gagawin yan, hindi ko pwedeng tatalikuran yung bansa ko."

For a number of times, he said, he had been invited by the US government to sit as a jury member in courts.

Pacquiao said he refused to be a part of the proceedings even if he already has a social security number because he is “too patriotic” to relinquish his Filipino citizenship.

Only a united nation, he said, can succeed in confronting all its trials.