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By Mortz Marcelo Ortigoza

Can Pacman Transform his Ring Prowess into Politics?
06 Aug 2006

Emmanuel Pacquaio means Excellence -- the renaissance and quintessential man the Filipino’s Malay-Indonesian race has ever produced. He is supermen’s superman—except superman’s handsome face. He is King Midas-- whose things he touched turn into gold (just look at the number of commercials and advertisements he is with now).

Do you have any explanation on this Pacmania’s phenomenon? Probably one, is the poverty and hopelessness of majority of the Filipinos to look up to someone (they can identify with their penury.) who has rags-to-richness story.

Can Pacman the political candidate for the vice mayoralty of the City of Manila, save the day for his folks? By reversing this economic malady into status quo ante even for the wretched folks in the City of Manila as a test case?

In case Pacquaio will become the vice mayor of this Capital City of the Philippines, can he transform his fistic savvy into the rough and tumble world of politics? Or would he be another infamous showbiz (show business) and sport’s persona who just made the lives of their people nightmarish?

If the Filipino pugilist became famous for his debilitating left bunker-buster bombs, and his get-go fury -- as evidenced by those decked elite and non elite fighters who crossed his path, can he still reenact this greatness whenever he will be elected as the second most powerful man of Manila?

The law in Philippines provides that the vice mayor is the presiding officer of the city’s lawmaking body. He will oversee and regulate dozens of elected clowncilor, er, councilor whose job is to clash mercilessly with each other with reasons. Our hero will metamorphose from a boxer to a referee—but buckle-up, not in the ring but in the August Hall.

Like that great Filipino ring arbiter Sonny Padilla, he’ll act as a traffic enforcer to any eventual head-on collisions of huge egos from dozens of Muhammed Alis and Joe Frazier’s on that “Thrilla in Manila II” cum legislative house.

He is expected to skipper those solons (who are mostly from the educated class) to get their acts together. And get out the most from their debates that will eventually voted into law (we call it either as ordinance or resolution).

Particularly, he’ll lead the legislative body with utmost efficiency and efficacy to promote the general welfare. He’ll see to it that any English speaking solon will open his mouth only for the enhancement of economic prosperity and social justice, promote employment, and maintain peace and order. No trash talkin’ please, like Ricardo Mayorga, or James Toney.

As an elementary graduate whose know-how is only boxing, would you think he will be likened to that less educated Muslim vice mayor in my province North Cotabato. As told by folks, the guy who lives near the river bank teeming with fish was asked by an American reporter of the CNN (not the Cotabato News Network you naughty mind, but the real Cable News Network owned by Ted Turner) of how the peace and order fare after the Christian and Muslim populace had their ceasefire.

Like George Bush’s great speech (versus those of John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton as featured on David Letterman’s TVs show), the said dimwit’s vice mayor made dozens of ahs before he painfully answered the question.

“You asked me about peace and order? Ah, very bad my son. We got lot of fish here, but no order.

Embarrassed, the American tried to explain he was asking about the violence.

The poor datu angrily told him: “Damn it! How dare you asking me about violin, when I could not even play guitar!”

That was the last straw according to my grandpa that until now peace and order in my province is unattainable because of the words: dimwit and miscommunication. Not peace and order, and violence.

If unrestrained to his urges to run into public office, would Pacquaio be transformed instead from a Boxing great to a political dimwit—and the laughing stock of the city council of Manila if not the whole nation after the next year’s local poll?

That’s for you to answer.

But what I know, we had already those political showbiz nincompoops who shit and muddle the presidency, the senate, house of thieves, er, representatives, and city councils.
Those governmental circuses, deplorable experienced and waste of taxpayer’s money we had with them were enough proof that greatness to something doesn’t mean effectiveness or greatness to another.

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