Manny Pacquiao prefers sons Jimuel, Michael, and Israel to choose politics over boxing

Senator Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee with their five children—(L-R) Queen Elizabeth, Israel, Emmanuel Jimuel, Michael Stephen, and Mary Divine Grace.


How are Manny and Jinkee Pacquiao as parents?

In separate interviews, PEP (Philippine Entertainment) got to ask the couple about their parenting style and the lessons they teach their five children—Emmanuel Jimuel, Michael Stephen, Mary Divine Grace, Queen Elizabeth, and Israel.

1. Instilling the read-the-Bible-before-you-sleep habit

Jinkee said, “Sa amin kasi, buong pamilya, kailangan before you go to bed, kailangan magbasa ng Bible kasi yun ang pinaka-foundation na gusto naming ibibigay naming sa kanila.”

Manny threw in, “Pinapabasa namin ng Bible everyday, bago matulog, pagkagising.”

2. “Kailangan may takot sa panginoon, to do what is right, to have mercy..."

That's Manny and Jinkee's constant bilin to their children.

She added, "Walk humbly with God."

3. R-E-S-P-E-C-T!

Jinkee sees this a very important word, “Tinuruan namin silang gumalang sa mga magulang, at may respeto sa ibang tao.”

4. No to love yet.

Are Jimuel, 15, and Michael, 14, ready to enter a relationship?

Manny was quick to say, “Wala pa, bata pa yun. Maiiintindihan naman nila yun.

“Sabi ko kapag pumasok kayo sa ganyan, 'yang relationship, kung parang ready na kayo mag-asawa, kung di pa kayo ready, wag niyo nang pasukin 'yan.

“Saka na lang 'yan pagkatapos na yung mga gusto niyong maabot, yung pag-aaral niyo.”

At what age do they think the two teens will be ready for love?

Jinkee replied with a chuckle, "Mga 23 …”

5. No means no.

Pacman was firm about this rule in his household.

“Pag sinabi naming ‘hindi,’ wag na kayong mag-resist. Aabot pa tayo dun sa magagalit ako o ano.

“Sabi ko, hihintayin pa ba natin na umabot ako sa ‘magagalit ako sa inyo?'

“Pangit naman ‘yan, so kapag sinabi kong wag, ayoko niyan, naiintindihan naman 'yan.

"Sabi ko kapag may mga gusto silang ano, di naman ako siguro tututol, kung ano yung maganda para sa inyo.

"Lahat ng klaseng buhay naranasan ko yun, naranasan namin 'yan, kabutihan para sa inyo, bakit namin hahadlangan 'yan?

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“Gusto naming maranasan niyo yung mga hindi naming naranasan nung mga bata pa kami. So alam namin ang kabutihan para sa inyo at hindi."

6. The boxing legend's way of disciplining his kids: “Di ako nagagalit sa kanila."

Instead, he encourages them to pursue their interests.

“Pinapabayaan ko yung gusto nila. Ang akin lang, pag nasa maling direksyon, kino-correct ko."

7. They can pursue anything, but "not boxing."

Jinkee said, “Gusto ko, sila yung pipili para mas bibigyan nila ng panahon, ng time, at pursigihan niya pa yung gusto niya talaga, hindi yung gusto ko."

Same with Jinkee, Manny also wants his children to decide on their own.

“Depende kung anong gusto nila.

“Basta kami, i-guide namin sila sa tama, basta kung ano yung tama at makabuti, wag nilang kalimutan na magkaroon ng takot sa Panginoon.”

But if Manny will have his way, “Definitely not boxing, mahirap yun.

“Siguro sa pagiging public servant.”


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