Rep. Manny Pacquiao on leave to train for boxing match, to receive House salary despite absence

Saranggani Rep. Manny Pacquiao flew to the US last August 30, 2010 to start training for his November 13 boxing match against Antonio Margarito, reports GMANews.TV reports that the Pinoy world boxing champ will go on a week-long, three-city press tour, and will leave again next month to prepare for the bout against the Mexican boxer.

24 Oras video: Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito promote their upcoming match.

Pacquiao will be marked absent from the House sessions, but he will still receive his salary and allowance, according to GMANews.TV. House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte said on September 2, " I don’t think anybody will ever blame Manny for being absent at that time. He is serving the country and the House even if he is there (in the United States)." To support Pacquiao, Belmonte will watch the fight on November 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Texas, according to GMANews.TV. reports that Pacquiao had been religiously attending the Congress sessions since the 15th Congress opened on July 26 up until he left. A neophyte lawmaker, Pacquiao is one of the vice chairpersons of the committee on youth and sports.

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