Pacquiao to study in UP before Congress opens

MANILA, Philippines - Newly-elected congressman of Sarangani province Manny Pacquiao seems bent on becoming successful in performing his legislative duties in a way that is no different from how he has won his championship bouts – by preparing hard.

In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Pacquiao disclosed that he will enroll in a 1-week crash course in the University of the Philippines to learn the protocols in Congress.

“Yes, magi-study ako ng isang linggo para pag-aralan ang protocol sa Kongreso... Papasok ako sa UP College of Public Administration and Governance para magkaroon tayo ng kaalaman sa Congress,” said the congressman-elect.

The Filipino boxing icon also said that he will continue his course in business management before taking up law.

While serving as representative of Sarangani, he would like to see a university and a hospital established in his district.

“Una kong ipapasang batas siguro ay ‘yung creating a university in my district, in my province, and also creating a provincial hospital,” he said.

Pacquiao, the reigning World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight champion, also promised to remain a simple man despite being a legislator.

“Sinabi ko sa mga kababayan ko, kelangan ‘wag tayong magpakain sa sistema. Kung p'wede nga'ng mag-sandals lang, gagawin ko. Bakit ka pa poporma? Ang importante, kung anong magawa mo,” he said.

This early, though, Pacquiao appears to have already learned some political skills.

Despite having allied his local party to the Nacionalista Party of Sen. Manny Villar, he paid a courtesy call to leading presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, in his home in Quezon City on Tuesday night.

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