Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Manny Pacquiao for President?

The Filipino madness over the victory of Rep. Manny Pacquiao against Mexican Antonio Margarito extends not only to his boxing career but for possible seat in higher government office such as the presidency.
According to the media, the 31-year-old congressman who was elected in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the Sarangani Province in southern part of the country, is the only boxer to hold the position.
In a live interview by ABS CBN's TV Patrol last night Tuesday, Pacquiao said that the presidency is not in his mind yet because he wants to focus his attention to his home province.
Known as Pacman, the young congressman, has authored and co-authored several bills that support health, information technology, OFWs, sports, education, among others.
If Pacquiao remains 'hot' in the future, he may be eligible to run for president by 2022.
According to the Constitution of the Philippines, in order to serve as President, one must be:
1. at least 40 years old
2. a registered voter, single or married
3. able to read and write
4. male or female, a Filipino citizen by birth
5. a resident of the Philippines for at least 10 years immediately preceding the election.
There are many things that will happen from now till 2022. All things are possible in Philippine politics.
If the world's greatest boxer pursues higher office, I wish him and the Philippines good luck.

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