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Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao Sr.: Profile, Platforms, Accomplishments, Controversies, & Stands on Issues

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(UPDATED based on Jessica Soho’s presidential interviews, aired on GMA on January 22, 2022.)

Welcome to Politixxx Today’s profile of presidential aspirants. This series aims to know better the personalities who are vying to be the country’s 17th president. It provides an opportunity for readers to scrutinize their political background and platforms on hot-button issues.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the world’s eight-division boxing champion who ventured into politics a decade ago, is eyeing to succeed his longtime friend and political ally, President Rodrigo Duterte, even though he is hounded by issues of absenteeism and incompetency. Pacquiao retired in boxing after an illustrious career that spanned more than two decades, gambling his fortunes to a position with no sure chances of winning.

Basic Information

Age: 43 years old

Birthday: December 17, 1978

Dionesia Dapidran-Pacquiao
Father: Rosalio Pacquiao

Educational Attainment:
Elementary: Saavedra Saway Elementary School
High School: No available information (but dropped out; earned a high school diploma in 2007 through the Alternative Learning System of the Department of Education)
Notre Dame of Dadiangas University (BSBA-Marketing Management Program; 2007-2008, did not finish)
University of Makati (AB Political Science; graduated in 2019)
Southwestern University (Doctorate of Humanities; conferred in 2009 for his contribution in sports and humanitarian efforts)
Development Academy of the Philippines (completed a 10-day crash course in 2010 on development legislation and governance)

Spouse: Jinkee C. Jamora

Civil Status: Married (m. 1999)

1. Emmanuel Pacquiao Jr.
2. Michael Stephen Pacquiao
3. Mary Divine Grace Pacquiao
4. Queen Elizabeth Pacquiao
5. Israel Pacquiao

Net Worth:
$220,000,000 (2021)
PhP3,187,092,600.69 (as per Senate records, 2020)

Political Affiliation: Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban; 2012-2014, 2016-present)

Sen. Manny Pacquiao with his five children. (Photograph from Sen. Pacquiao’s Facebook page)

Human Interest Information

Year He Won His First Major Boxing Title: 1998 (WBC Flyweight in a fight vs. Thai Chatchai Sasakul)

First Dream Profession: Priest

Titles Accorded to Him By The Government: “National Fist” and “National Treasure”

Favorite Sports Asides Boxing: Chess and Basketball

TV Show That Made Him Famous: “Blow by Blow”

NBA Team Where He Is An Honorary Member: Bolton Celtics

First Professional Boxing Opponent: Edmund Engting Ignacio

YouTube Subscribers: 692,000

YouTube Lifetime Views: 138,272,706

Political Career

Congressman, Lone District, Sarangani (2010-2016)

Senator (2016-present)

Legislative Record

Authored and co-authored bills as representative during the 15th and 16th Congress (2010-2016) that were enacted into law: 14

Pending authored and co-authored bills as representative during the 15th and 16th Congress: 83

Authored and co-authored bills during the 17th and 18th Congress (2016-present) that were enacted into law: 37

Pending authored and co-authored bills during the 17th and 18th Congress: 146

Major Legislations:
• National Bible Day Act
• Handbook for OFWs Act of 2018
• Philippine Identification System Act
• Free Internet Access In Public Places Act
• 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave Act

Awards and Citations:

• Eight-division world champion (Boxing record: 62-8-2)

• Boxing Writers Association of America, WBC, HBO and WBO Fighter of the Decade (2000s)

• Ring Magazine and BWAA Fighter of the Year (2006, 2008 and 2009)

• ESPN Top Pound-for-Pound Boxers of the last 25 years (2nd place; 2016)

• Ranker Best Boxers of the 21st century (1st place; 2020)

Sen. Manny Pacquiao greeted his supporters in Quezon City on December 10. (Photograph from Sen. Pacquiao’s Facebook page)

Platforms and Stand on Issues

COVID-19 Pandemic Focus the COVID-19 funds to purchase vaccines so that lockdowns won’t be an option.
Criticized the government’s COVID-19 response in September, saying it’s “mismanaged.”
Economic Recovery Promised to prioritize economic recovery in his first 100 days in office.
Improve government revenue collection.
Slash corporate income tax to a “flat 15%.”
Create a welcoming atmosphere for foreign investors; cite five of his wealthy friends that are willing to invest in the Philippines should he win.
Drug War Campaign Will continue the drug war but in the “right way,” that is no human rights violations would be committed.
Asks the people to wait for the Philippine and ICC probes on the drug war to determine whether extrajudicial killings occurred.
West Philippine Sea Assert the country’s ownership of the West Philippine Sea without fighting other nations.
Maintain cordial ties with China but won’t tolerate bullying.
Call for peaceful dialogues between the claimants.
Peace Talks With Communist Rebels Supports restoration of peace talks with CPP-NPA-NDF.
Climate Change and the Environment No concrete plan yet but urged the international community this year to do their share in resolving pollution.
In 2020, he urged the public to plant more trees.
Calls for Filipinos to take care of the environment to protect ourselves from disasters.
Infrastructure Build more skyways in Metro Manila, and subway and bullet trains from north to south of Luzon mainland.
Develop projects in Visayas and Mindanao.
Establishing a reliable national broadband infrastructure for more efficient internet service.
Education Provide gadgets to all students and teachers now that the online setup is in place.
Agriculture Amending the Rice Tariffication Law so the Philippines will be self-sufficient in terms of agriculture.
His government will directly procure palay from local farmers.
Same Sex Marriage and LGBTQ+ Rights Remains against same-sex marriage but respects the LGBTQ community. He received criticisms for saying in 2016 that they are “worse than animals”; he has since apologized.
The ABS-CBN Franchise and Press Freedom Co-authored a bill in 2020 to renew ABS-CBN’s franchise, noting that his support for the network doesn’t stand the way with his support of the president, who relentlessly criticized ABS-CBN.
In 2018, he suggested bloggers should obtain a government license, so they won’t be anonymous as fake news rapidly spread across social media.
Divorce Rejects divorce because marriage is sacred.
Labor Rights Prioritize Filipinos in employment, especially in sectors like the offshore gaming industry.
Vows to end endo scheme in the workplace.
Death Penalty Won’t aggressively push the death penalty for now as the justice system in the Philippines remains broken. He said that innocent people shouldn’t be punished by death. In the past, he has been vocal in his support of the death penalty.
Political Dynasty Willing to support a law banning political dynasty.
But asserted in 2019 that the country is democratic; thus, politicians elected to office, no matter whether they’re part of a dynasty, show the will of the people.
Marcos’s Martial Law Says that martial law atrocities should not be forgotten and vows an investigation on forced disappearances or desaparecidos.

Poverty and Income Inequality: Free housing, free education and jobs for Filipinos to strengthen the economy and lift Filipinos from poverty.

Housing: Provide free housing to millions of Filipinos without the burden of the monthly payment.

Substitution by Withdrawal: Don’t support

Mandatory Drug Testing: Support

Allowing 100% foreign ownership: Don’t support

Lowering the age of criminal liability (CURRENTLY set at 15 years old): Don’t support

Corruption: No compromise to corrupt officials.

Rights of Overseas Filipino Workers: Implement the Handbook for OFWs law, which he authored, concerning the rights and welfare of OFWs.

Visiting Forces Agreement: Support

Abolition of Presidential Commission on Good Governance (PCGG): Don’t Support

Allowing operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO): Support

Legalization of Jueteng: Don’t support

Legalization of Medical Marijuana: Don’t support

PhilHealth: Corruption must be stopped and revenue income must be focused on to save PhilHealth.

On Fake News:
– Urges government to control social media in the future, not to restrict Filipinos from using it, but to stop the proliferation of fake news.
– Strengthen internet signal in the Philippines.

Marawi Rehabilitation: Continue free housing programs in Marawi and help its residents return to their normal lives.

Releasing their SALN to the Public: Yes.

Releasing their Medical Records to the Public: Yes.

Prohibition of Candidates Facing Charges: Support

Two-Party or Multi-Party System: Two-Party

Parliamentary or Presidential: Parliamentary

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Family Members in Politics

Brother: Rogelio Pacquiao (Representative, Lone District of Sarangani, 2016-present)

Brother: Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao (Representative, OFW Family Partylist, 2019-present)

Cousin: Zyrex Pacquiao (Mayor, Maasim, Sarangani, 2019-present)

Sister-in-Law: Lorelie Pacquiao (Chairman, Brgy. Labangal, General Santos City, 2010-present)

Brother-in-Law: Russel Jamora (Sangguniang Panlalawigan, 1st District, Sarangani, 2019-present)

Business Interests

• Waterotor Energy Technologies

• ONE Championship

• GToken

• JMP Mass Media Production Inc.

• Roadhaus Economy Hotel

• JMP Shalom Travel and Tours

• PacPay

Notable Friends in Business and Politics

• Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III

Other Controversies

In 2016, he provoked anger by calling the LGBTQ community “worse than animals,” underscoring his Christian beliefs. Several endorsements, including Nike, pulled him off after the remarks sparked controversy. He has since apologized.

Pacquiao is consistently criticized for his absenteeism ever since he entered Congress in 2010. Recently, he still holds the record as the Senate’s top absentee, incurring 10 absences – eight because he was abroad for a boxing bout and two due to sickness.

PDP-Laban this year suffered division to two factions after a tug-of-war in power occurred between Pacquiao and Energy Sec. Alfonso Cusi III. Thus, the once-allies Pacquiao and Duterte suddenly became a nemesis. The former was also expelled from the party, though they are currently fighting in COMELEC the legitimacy of their faction.

(L-R): Deputy Speaker and vice-presidential aspirant Lito Atienza, Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte at a meeting on December 6. (Photograph from Sen. Pacquiao’s Facebook page)


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Moaje, M. (2020). “Pacquiao gets ‘clean air champion’ award, urges tree planting.” Philippine News Agency. https://www.pna.gov.ph/articles/1123198.

“Pacquiao defends siblings in politics: ‘Demokrasya naman tayo.’” (2021). ABS-CBN News. https://news.abs-cbn.com/news/02/20/19/pacquiao-defends-siblings-in-politics-demokrasya-naman-tayo.

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