Estrada: Pacquiao has much to prove in politics
By Norman Bordadora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
NASUGBU, Batangas, Philippines—While Manny Pacquiao is a world-class boxing hero, former president Joseph Estrada said that Pacquiao has not yet proven anything in the field of Philippine politics.
Estrada on Tuesday said he was unaffected by news that pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao would soon join Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Manny Villar in the latter’s campaign sorties.
“Didn’t Manny Pacquiao endorse Ali Atienza (for mayor of Manila in 2007)? He lost, didn’t he? He also endorsed Lito Lapid (for mayor of Makati also in 2007), right? He also lost, right?” Estrada said.
Estrada said Pacquiao ran for a seat in the House of Representatives that same year and the result was the same.
“He lost, didn’t he?” Estrada said.
Estrada called Pacquiao a friend and he recognized that Filipinos love and consider Pacquiao a hero but only in the ring.
“Perhaps, Filipinos don’t want him getting involved in politics. Filipinos still want him to fight and make the country proud as a boxer,” Estrada said.