When the third regular session of the 18th Congress formally opened, Senator Emmanuel D. Pacquiao appeared on Zoom to answer the roll call, apparently thinking he could take advantage of the rules allowing attendance to Senate sessions virtually.
Pacquiao appeared on the virtual session hall from his home in Los Angeles, California and raised his hand to be marked “present”. However, Senate President Tito Sotto III, while taking note of his virtual presence, ruled that Pacquiao has to be marked “absent” because he is outside the country’s jurisdiction.
But Pacquiao was unfazed. He knows that his absenteeism is now being highlighted as he prepares for his bout with Errol Spence, Jr. on August 21 in Las Vegas, NV. On July 27 — that’s the second session day — Pacquiao tweeted this picture with the caption, “Attending to Senate duties.’
Nothing could be so morally wrong — an outright dishonesty — as a Philippine Senator trying to deceive his constituents that his fight against Spence could hinder him from performing his legislative work.
This is a clear act of deception. A most abhorrent action. It stinks. Pure evil. Dishonesty is a polite word to describe it.
Does Pacquiao believe he can fool the Filipino people? There might be quite a few who will fall for his lie. But in this day and age, it won’t take long before it is exposed. And nothing can make me angrier than seeing such stupidity from a Senator
First, Pacquiao is already aware that he will be marked “absent” even if he spends sleepless nights in front of his Zoom camera to attend the sessions. Why bother to pretend? Well, he needs images to fend off the criticism on his absenteeism.
Secod, Pacquiao and his PR handlers forgot about simple fact: there is a 15-hour difference between Los Angeles and Manila. The time stamp on his Twitter post showed 4:04 p.m., July 27, 2021, which is about the time when sessions have started. That was 1:04 a.m. in Los Angeles!
For a fighter hard in training, Pacquiao cannot afford to lose sleep with less than a month before he steps into ring to face Spence (That’s assuming Judge Walter P. Schwarm of the Superior Court of California doesn’t stop it with a TRO).
Pacquiao seems to have fallen into the trap of false image marketing — trying to appear somebody he is not. Not too long ago, he published a picture, wearing coat and tie, standing in front of a wall filled with books at Oxford University. Pacquiao thought it was going to camouflage the truth that he is uneducated. Poor soul! What it did was only to highlight the fact.
I have to admit this cheap trick will work for Pacquiao, at least in keeping his poorly educated fans believe in his fake sincerity in fulfilling his sworn duty as Senator. And there are still millions of them. But those among us who understand better, we need to raise an uproar to protest this blatant lie.
Pacquiao is dishonest and Filipinos need to know the truth.