Manny Pacquiao returns to school to prepare for Congress, lets go of campaign controversies
World boxing champ and recently-Sarangani congressman Manny Pacquiao is set to return to school for a one-week crash course to "understand how Congress works," reports Agence France-Presse via Inquirer.net.
According to the report, Pacquiao told ABS-CBN on May 20 that he intends to take the course before June 30 at the College of Public Administration and Governance of the University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City.
A high school dropout, Pacquiao passed the government's high school equivalency exams in 2007. ABS-CBNNews.com reports that he will continue his course in business management and then study law as well.
"Nadagdagan 'yung responsibilidad ko. Handa na ako. Naka-focus ako ngayon sa pagserbisyo sa tao… In-e-expect ng mga constituents ko na matutupad 'yung mga pangarap nila," Pacquiao told Startalk.
Pacquiao, who ran under the Nacionalista Party, added that Liberal Party presidential bet Noynoy Aquino's apparent win should be respected. Asked about the "tension" between him and Noynoy's sister, Kris Aquino, Pacquiao told Startalk, "Walang tampuhan. This is election lang. Pagkatapos niyan, kalimutan."
The tension is in reference to a TV commercial for Nacionalista Party presidentiable Manny Villar where Pacquiao said "in an apparent reference to Noynoy," according to ABS-CBNNews.com, "Merong iba diyan, laban nang laban sa salita pero wala pa namang nagawa." According to the report, Kris "hit back" with this tweet: "I saw endorsement tvc of Pinoy sports icon saying words to the effect na laban ng laban wala naman napatunayan. In politics, Noy has won 3 straight terms sa Congress & won almost 15 million votes sa Senatorial in 2007. How sad na he didn't think na in politics- knock out nga sya."
Kris told SNN she already made peace with Pacquiao and his wife Jinkee, reports ABS-CBNNews.com. "Sinabi ko talaga [kay Jinkee], 'Mare nagtampo ako sa asawa mo'. Pero okay na ngayon, love love love."