Pacquiao faces disqualification case due to absenteeism
Looks like Poe isn't the only one facing disqualification charges.
(SPOT.ph) Ferdinand Sevilla, a man from Makati City, filed a petition on October 21 at the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) seeking the disqualification of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao from joining the Senate race due to the latter’s “pattern of absenteeism.” The petitioner asked the deciding body to disqualify Pacquiao, saying he was a “non-serious and nuisance” candidate, “who has not retired from professional boxing, cannot guarantee he will avoid absenteeism and will conscientiously attend to his mandated task of legislating if elected to the upper chamber of Congress,” his petition read.
Sevilla cited House records showing that out of the chamber’s 168 session days in 2013, Pacquiao was absent for 60 days. “While Pacquiao was consistently absent to train for his boxing bout, shoot his television programs, or shoot hoops in basketball games, he was denying his constituents representation,” he said. His records show that in 2014, Pacquiao was only present for seven days out of the chamber’s 70 session days—making him the representative with the most number of absences.
The COMELEC has put Sevilla's petition on hold because he has yet to pay the filing fee of P10,100. Pacquiao is running for Senate under the United Nationalist Alliance party of presidential candidate and Vice President Jejomar Binay.