Former Senator Rene Saguisag writes a letter to call out Manny Pacquiao for treating House work as a hobby

He is not amused

On Saturday, the Philippine Daily Inquirer published a letter to the editor from former senator Rene Saguisag. The letter was filled with dismay about Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao and his unofficial title of being "House Top Absentee." Saguisag was also quite unimpressed with Pacquiao’s stint at the PBA:

 

The House should consider suspending Pacquiao up to the end of his term as he treats House work as a hobby or sideline. He just led his PBA (Philippine Basketball Association) team to elimination, which might have been avoided had his slot been given to a younger player; he is arguably the PBA's oldest rookie. He is 36, the age when serious less materialistic NBA and PBA players think of retirement. Can one imagine Floyd dazzling the NBA and playing for Detroit at 37? But respect matters in the NBA, not only money, which blinds the PBA poo-bahs.

 

Saguisag cited his and former senator "Ernie" Maceda’s perfect attendance while they were still elected public officials to point out the fact that devoting time to serve the people is important. Between preparing for an alleged fight with Floyd Mayweather and playing basketball professionally, Saguisag urged members of the House of Representatives to decide what they will do with their co-worker who has "severely damaged the House and the PBA."

 

Even the Wall Street Journal noted Pacquiao’s absence in House sessions. The question is: What does his constituents say?

 

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