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THE NOW equally famous Mommy D, the name that Dionisia Pacquiao adopted after her rise to fame as a TV comedienne and product endorser, shows off the dancing skills she acquired during a campaign rally of her son’s party, People’s Champ Movement, in General Santos City. AQUILES Z. ZONIO

Eight-division boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is banking on his so-called performance and “zero corruption” campaign to pull off wins for his party-mates against formidable election opponents in South Cotabato, Sarangani and General Santos City.

Although he is unopposed in his reelection bid in the lone district of Sarangani, Pacquiao has taken the role of a kingmaker in the  region, giving his time, efforts and resources to boost the chances of candidates under his own party, People’s Champ Movement (PCM), which has coalesced with the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).

His wife, Jinkee, is vying for vice governor of Sarangani against a veteran and tested opponent, incumbent provincial Board Member Eleanor Saguiguit of the Liberal Party, and  independent candidate Jose Lorde Villamor.

Pacquiao’s younger brother, Rogelio, is up against incumbent Pedro Acharon Jr., in the first district, which covers General Santos and the towns of Polomolok, Tupi and Tampakan in South Cotabato.

Pacquiao has teamed up with General Santos’ top councilor and son of a billionaire fishing tycoon, Ronnel Rivera, who is trying to unseat incumbent Mayor Darlene Antonino-Custodio.

Custodio won by over 30,000 votes against Pacquiao when they faced off during the 2007 congressional race.

Performance yardstick

During the opening campaign salvo of the PCM-UNA, Pacquiao boasted his performance as a lawmaker. But his critics are asking: What performance?

According to the website of the House of Representatives, Pacquiao, in his first term as lawmaker, authored 12 bills and coauthored 47 others. Not even one measure became a law.

“During his first term as congressman, Sir Manny focused on meeting what the constituents want,” said his chief of staff in General Santos, Bren Evangelio. “We provided projects based on the recommendations of barangay captains and mayors.”

“On his second term, we will focus on addressing the needs of the people,” he added.

From 2010 to 2013, Evangelio claimed that his boss constructed about 20 multipurpose mini-gymnasiums throughout the province through his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF).

“We rehabilitated a public market and constructed barangay halls, water systems, a slaughterhouse and classrooms in different towns of the province,” he said.

This is apart from the livelihood projects, scholarship program, medical and mortuary assistance that Pacquiao had extended to poor residents of the province.

“On top of these, Sir Manny has given lots for landless residents and has been spending P2 million to P3 million a month out of his own pocket to settle the medical bills of poor patients from Sarangani in a GenSan-based private hospital,” Evangelio said.

From 2013 to 2016, he said, Pacquiao would set aside much of his PDAF for building health centers, birthing homes and classrooms in various towns in his district.

Dynasty

When Pacquiao ran in 2010, he promised to make a difference in politics and governance. He presented himself as an alternative candidate willing to help uplift the living conditions of residents and bring in investors to boost the local economy.

Pacquiao has hardly made any difference in the political scene. Critics have accused him of starting his own political dynasty and engaging in money politics in Sarangani—issues that he himself had raised to defeat Roy Chiongbian in the 2010 congressional race.

In General Santos, Pacquiao has succeeded in uniting opposition forces for the first time. He and another billionaire, Rivera, are combining resources to try to overcome the well-entrenched and well-oiled political machinery of the Antoninos.

In Sarangani, Pacquiao’s foray into politics has not made a great impact on the lives of residents in terms of directly providing jobs or inviting outside capital to generate jobs. The boxer has no investment in the province; all his businesses—hotel, water refill station, fitness gym, boutique, gas station, coffee shop and radio station—are based in General Santos.

“So far, Pacquiao has not invested anything in the province,” said Gov. Miguel Dominguez, who is not running for any political position. “Except for his house and beach resort in Kiamba. I don’t consider his resort an investment as it is located in a protected marine sanctuary.”

Despite his popularity and charisma, Pacquiao failed to lure investors, local and foreign alike, to come to Sarangani, Dominguez added.

Zero corruption

In his campaign sorties, Pacquiao loves to brag that candidates under the PCM-UNA are not corrupt, that they will not steal people’s money.

His record as a public servant has no tinge of corruption as yet. In fact, he’s spending his own money to provide the needs of his constituents.

“Give them a chance and I promise they will not steal your money. If ever they do, I assure you that I will personally campaign against them in 2016 election,” Pacquiao said in Visayan during one of his sorties.

But some candidates belonging to his party have tainted track records in public service. For instance, one of his closest allies who is seeking reelection as a provincial board member, had been convicted by the Ombudsman and Sandiganbayan for his involvement in a fund scam.

A former mayor, whose stint was beset by corruption issues including the highly irregular sale of a public park in General Santos, is one of those aspiring for a seat in the city council under the PCM-UNA.

Pacquiao’s political disciples have been accusing the Custodio administration of corruption. They saw traces of irregularities in infrastructure projects like the P293-million sanitary landfill and the P44-million Plaza ng Heneral Santos.

Custodio, however, challenged them to back up their accusations with documents and file charges in court. If they cannot do so, she said, their charges are but cheap political propaganda.

“A thorough check of their background and track record would bare that they are nothing but a pot calling the kettle black. They are politicians with soiled image, not real advocates of good governance,” the mayor said.

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  • kumilos_tayo

    Zero corruption eh political party mo na UNA eh nagunguna sa CORRUPTION ano ba yan????

  • speedstream2

    What are the chances of his candidates getting KO’d? We’ll know soon enough.

  • Horst Manure

    All the sign of a good christian……….typical hypocritical showman

  • Paking

    Ang political dynasty ay hindi nakabuti sa ating bansa ngayon, bukas at magpa-kailanman. Ito ay pansariling adhikain. Kaya makabubuti kung sa umpisa pa lang, huwag nang suportahan ang layuning ito nang pamilya Pacquiao (pakyaw).

  • Ariel Molina

    Naniniwala Ako sayo manny pero ang tanong ko Kung matino kang Tao bakit mo hayaang pasukin ka ng masamang Tao idol ka ng masang Filipino a hero . Pero bakit ka nag pa uto sa Binay ,Estrada at enrili? My tiwala ang Tao sa kabaitan mo ipinamahagi mo ang yaman na binigay sayo nt puong may kapal naging sandalan ng mahihirap. Pero ang malaking tanong ay bakit ka pumasok sa kata uhan nila Binay, Estrada at enrili. My talino ka maging tulad ka rin ba nila someday? Suriin mabuti Hindi ka bulag at bingi nakikita mo ang ginawa ni Erap at Binay family …enrili . Sayang pero how I wish mamulat ka one day. Sanay maalimpungatan ka manny . Saludo Ako sa isang tulad mo.

    • dxdaistar

      si Chavit pa!

  • Luthmar

    It shows how narrow and limited intelligence this Manny Pacquiao has. Imagine, he joins UNA because he believes those candidates are not corrupt. He is really clueless about politics.

    Manny, you do well helping the poor people. You will be more effective if you do it privately and not get involved in politics. You will not be beholden to anybody when you want to do something for your country and for the poor people. You and your family should get out of politics. What is your wife’s qualification aside from being your wife?

    Spare the Philippines for more humiliation, PLEEEEEEEEEEEASE.

  • Pio Pusli

    People’s Champ Movement or Been Knocked Out People’s Charm Movement?

  • Ben Smith

    Zero performance you mean. You’re a vehicle of corruption because you allow people to use you. Also Pacquiao please stop using people’s taxpayers’ money, you spend all your time as a congressman preparing and engaging in boxing fights where you earn huge sums of money at the expense of my hard-earned contribution to the public coffer as taxpayer!! Demmit.

  • ApoNiLolo

    Not stealing public funds is not the only gauge of a good public servant. But joining forces with a tainted political party and endorsing his wife and brother, whose social understanding and managerial skill (I doubt if they understand these words) are greatly wanting, are signs of one becoming a “trapo” with dynastic ambition.

    Saranggani deserves them if they win!

  • eigendik

    zero corruption?? baka zero attendance!

  • TEAM PNOY

    Pay your taxes properly first Pakyao!!

  • $44479964

    Dapat People’s Champ Dynasty.

  • $14334231

    pacquiao-win mo na lang kaya ang probinsya ng gensan, o di kaya, ang buong mindanao…kayang kaya mo ‘yan, “money” dahil tinuruan ka nina binay, enrile, estrada at singson kung paano nagiging triple ang investment sa pulitika pag nanalo ka….kaya, ayan, pinapasok mo na ang pamilya mo sa pulitika hindi para tumulong sa mga tao kundi para yumaman……but then again, money is power…..and you have both of them…..i still admire the late flash elorde, who never tainted boxing nor himself, his family and the philippines, as a whole…….

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Manny para mo na’ng awa, sa boxing ka na lang, sabi mo “we will rise again” di ba? Hamunin mo uli ang saksakan ng yabang na si Juan Marquez, ipatunay mo na ikaw talaga ang champion! Huwag ka na’ng pauto sa mga protestante (at katolikong mangunguwarta rin).

  • boybakal

    Pacquiao is not building dynasty….except him who is a reelectionist, his wife and his brother are newcomers and running in different area.
    The Pacquiaos are not Dynasty….they are just heeding to the call to be Public Servants.

    • doncleo

      preparasyon yan sa pagtakbo nya bilang gobernador sa 2016….doon pa lang lalabas ang dynasty nila…alam nyo na ang kasunod.- Malacanang..

    • david

      mag-isip ka nga. angkan mo tumatakbo, not building dynasty? ano un? building family? hahahahaha

  • http://www.facebook.com/erick.labandia Erick Labandia

    PANALO NA ANG UNA SENATORYAL CANDEDATES SA MAY 13 ELECTION SA SURVEY UNA 12 SENATORS ANG TEAM PINOY 3 NALANG GO UNA GO HWAG KAYONG PAPAAPEKTO SA MGA NANENERA SA INYO MABIUHAY ANG UNA GOD BLESS U ALL.

    • doncleo

      panalo ang 12 senators sa UNA, 3 naman sa Team Pnoy…bale 15..akala ko 12 lang kailangan..tama yun huwag kayong paapekto sa nanenera sa inyo.

  • joeybg

    UNA-ZERO CORRUPTION????? …… MANNY FUCKYOU

  • aristeosj

    Having singson as his political adviser,what more can you expect from this guy?
    same,same…

  • Balut Kayo Diyan

    boxing ka na lang pacquiao!

  • virgoyap

    Voters of Sarangani before Manny can take root of his political plan let’s knock him down. Makakasama ito hindi lang sa kanya kon di pati sa buong Sarangani.

  • david

    matalo sana lahat ng kandidato sa kampo ni manny. wawa naman sarangani, nag-papauto ke pacquiao.

  • roque2015

    anong zero corruption, hindi yayaman yon mga UNA kung walang nakawan sa gobyerno, imagine nakaapartment lang noon si binay ngayon super yaman na hindi naman katulad mo na nanalo sa boksing. si erap convicted na sa pagnanakaw.

  • kilabot

    stable of horses is more appropriate.
    manny gets to pick who, what, where, and when to run.
    there is one thing that is scary,
    when a slave gets to become a king.

  • GustoKoHappyKa

    Manny asan na yung pinangako mo na Hospital???

  • penoy2012

    Nalito na si pacman – hindi nya alam kung ano uunahin nya. Boxer, singer, congressman, tv host, preacher, etc. Mula nang nag born-again, nalito na.

  • les21reago

    Manny was KO’d in the ring cooled…Now he will have his KO in the ballot…

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