Is Congressman Pacquiao a Wuss?

Last night Congress voted to impeach Merceditas Gutierrez, the Ombudsman.  Over 200 Congressmen voted for impeachment.  And it so happened that Congressman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao voted, “No.”  He voted “No,” on twitter, and subsequently deleted his twitter account.

Manny Pacquiao is a great many things.  I personally admire his rags to riches story, and without a doubt his is one of the greatest, if not the greatest Filipino Athlete of all time.  It is no small feat what he has accomplished inside the boxing arena, and 99 percent of Filipino men can’t compete with not just his raw talent but his determination and will power.  Manny Pacquiao in many ways is a Filipino hero.

I can respect the man for voting, “No,” that is one of the greatest things our democracy allows us to do.  We can disagree with the majority, and while I happen to be in favor for impeaching the Ombudsman, we can at least respect Mr. Pacquiao for his vote.  It also takes a big man to take on what obviously would be the repercussions of that vote.  And by deleting his account, well, that makes him a wuss.

Manny Pacquiao is a great boxer.  He is a great Filipino because of that uncanny ability to step into that boxing ring, and own it.  As a leader, he has much more ways to go and while it hardly matters, in my eyes that makes him less of a hero, and apparently fortitude and will on the boxing ring doesn’t translate to other arenas.  That’s a shame.


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Philippine House of Representatives Impeaches Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez

The lower house of the Philippine Congress impeached Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez early Tuesday.   Dean Jorge Bocobo on twitter said, “210 votes to impeach is a resounding indictment of the Ombudsman I was hoping for two thirds majority but this really sends Senate a message.”  There were 47 Congressmen who voted against, while 4 abstained.

The final vote would be 211 yes votes, as Representative JV Ejercito changed his vote from no to yes.

Palace Spokesman Edwin Lacierda in a statement said, “The House, in transmitting the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate, now has the task to vigorously and effectively make its case to the combined juries of the Senate sitting as the Court of Impeachment, and to the Filipino people who will be sitting in judgment on the entire process. This is the glory of democracy: where the law applies to all, where scrutiny exempts no one, and where accountability is for our institutions to exact.”

Merceditas Gutierrez becomes the 2nd official in the Philippines to be Impeached by the House of Representatives.  The articles of impeachment will be transmitted to the Senate, where the upper chamber will organize themselves to try the Ombudsman.


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