Manny Pacquiao’s retirement from boxing after he fought Tim Bradley was bittersweet to many. His most avid followers wished they could turn back time to when the Pacman was still in the heydays of his career, while many rejoiced in his decision so he could finally focus on public service.
As soon as the rumors of Manny Pacquiao going back to the fray came to light in recent months, people started to question his credibility. Perhaps his retirement was made just to allay doubts regarding his political career?
Much to the citizens’ chagrin, Manny’s basketball plans added up suspicions regarding his sincerity in helping the Filipinos as one of the nation’s legislators.
On Monday, Manny Pacquiao took the stands during his first privilege speech and expressed his support for the death penalty, in line with President Rodrigo Duterte’s proposal to curb crime.
According to Philstar, the neophyte senator said:
“[The] death penalty is lawful, moral and sanctioned governmental action. Having read the Bible on a regular basis, I am convinced that God is not just a god of mercy but he is also a god of justice. So, on the issue of the death penalty I could not help but consult the Bible,” he said before citing scripture that seemingly justifies the deaths of those who have killed others.”
When asked as to the type of execution he preferred, he said that he’d let congress decide on the matter, but the interpellation, Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto, pressed on.
Among choices of firing squad, lethal injection, electrocution and hanging, Sen. Manny Pacquiao eventually said he personally preferred death by hanging, to which Sen. Sotto inquired if such decision was made because it’s cheap.
Pacquiao quipped that not only is it cheap, so to speak, but it takes a mere kick to the chair to complete, which elicited laughter from the audience. He joked even further that they could just say the chair fell.
Such debates on human life require sensitivity, and Manny’s jokes weren’t received so well by some of his colleagues. This isn’t the first time he’s drawn sharp criticisms, the first, having made comments regarding homosexuality.
Manny Pacquiao apologized for his actions during the 2-hour session, as reported by Rappler.
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