Pacquiao For Federalism: "I Don't Mind If Senate Is Abolished As Long As It Serves The People"

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Under the proposed federal government, the Congress will be abolished and a term extension for the officials will be implemented.

Speaking on Wednesday, Senator Manny Pacquiao made it clear that he will not oppose the proposition.

He said that although he likes President Rodrigo Duterte as a leader and supports a term extension for the long-time executive, he still wants to leave the decision for the people to make.


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"Gusto ko siyang leader sa ating bansa. Whether ma-extend o hindi wala akong problema. Gusto kong ma-extend because of his leadership, strong leadership pero hindi naman ako ang magde-decide. Mayroon tayong Constitution na dapat sundin at dapat nating tanungin ang taongbayan,"
He also said that he is confident about Duterte and he knows how selfless the president is when it comes to his country.
"I know Duterte well. Panatag ang loob ko sa kaniya because I know him well since before—yung pagkatao niya, dedicated siya masyado sa tao; halos yung sarili niya di na niya iniisip,"
Pacquiao added that if the abolition of the Senate and Congress will do good for the people then he has no problems with it.
"Hindi ako nag-aano sa posisyon ko. Kung magkaroon ng kung anong ikabubuti ng ating bansa, kung magkaroon man ng federalism, kung i-abolish ang Senado at ang lahat ng Congress, wala akong problema basta ikabubuti ng ating bansa,"
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He also reiterated that he is here to serve the people and not himself or his family. So, no matter what the decision will be, as long as it will do good for the people, then he doesn't see himself opposing to it.
"Wala akong problema diyan basta sa ikabubuti ng ating bansa kasi yun man lang yung purpose ko why I’m here, why I’m serving people. I’m not serving for the good of myself, of anybody, ng pamilya ko. Ang akin ay para magserbisyo sa tao, ipakita sa tao na maganda yung kalalabasan at para sa mga tao,"
 Although term extension is being talked about. The Malacanang, on the other hand, said that the now 72 chief executive has no plans of staying in office longer than 2022.

 

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