Known for having the worst attendance in the House of Representatives, newly-elected Senator Manny Pacquiao does not vow for a perfect attendance this time, but will try his best to attend Senate sessions regularly.
On Thursday, July 7, the boxing icon told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) that his soon-to-be salary will not determine his performance as a lawmaker.
“May salary o wala, wala namang problema sa 'kin.
“Basta ang mahalaga, kailangan tapat sa pagseserbisyo.”
Asked if he can say anything about those who don’t believe in his capabilities as a lawmaker, Pacquiao told PEP, “Ipakita na lang natin.
“I-prove natin dito sa napakalaking hamon sa buhay natin na yung pagseserbisyo natin sa Senado...
“Malalaman naman natin 'yan. Basta, ipakita na lang natin.”
During his past interviews, the boxing champion said that vowing never to be absent at the Senate will go against his Christian faith.
According to reports, the former congressman of Sarangani province had the lowest attendance in the House of Representatives.
In 2014, he showed up for work only four days.
Despite this not-so-pleasant attendance record, the Commission on Elections (Comelec) proclaimed him as one of 12 newly-elected senators; ranking 7th with at least 16 million votes.
The 37-year-old boxing champion will now serve a six-year term.
ON PROPOSING BILLS. Will Senator Pacquiao craft his proposed bills in accordance to Biblical teachings?
He said, “Lahat naman ng nasa Constitution natin, nandiyan 'yan lahat sa Bible.
“So kapag gagawa tayo ng bill, hindi puwede kasing above the Constitution, kailangan under the Constitution.
“Yung Constitution natin, alam naman natin na lahat ng nasa Constitution, galing sa Bible 'yan.
“Kung basahin mo lahat 'yan, at basahin mo yung Bible, nandyan lahat 'yan.”