NEWCOMER Manny Pacquiao is set to deliver his first privilege speech in the 17th Congress on Monday where he will lay down his legislative agenda in his first term as senator.
According to his aides, the country’s most successful and popular athlete has already crafted bills that he believes ‘will improve the lives of the Filipinos as well as achieve lasting peace and order in the country.'
Pacquiao’s chief of staff Kit Mercado told SPIN.ph that the soft-spoken solon personally wrote his speech which he ran through a battery of lawyers and advisers.
“Sen Manny was hands on in crafting the speech. He conceptualized its framework, making sure that every Filipino will relish the message he wants to send across,” said Mercado.
Mercado also bared that they are already in the process of preparing atleast five more bills that delve on heinous crimes, public safety and, of course, sports.
“The senator is not after leaving a legacy and proving his critics wrong, he simply wants to uplift the lives of our countrymen,” she said.
“Hindi naman nawawala kay Senator Manny ang puso niya para sa mga mahihirap, una sa kanya ang pagbutihin ang buhay ng ating mga kababayan,” added the Harvard Kennedy School of Government-educated staffer.
The eight-division world boxing champion has been so focused on his senatorial role that he no longer stays up late, aides said.
“There are nights that he stays up late to educate himself, he reads books and reviews laws. And as much as possible he makes it a point to stay here in Manila so he’ll never miss a session,” said Mercado of Pacquiao, who had a perfect attendance record in the first five sessions of the Senate.
“That’s how serious he is, kaya sana people will look past his attendance in the Lower House. He has accomplished a lot of things and was able to address most of the needs of his constituents in Sarangani. You can ask the Sarangans about how their lives have significantly improved with the help of the good senator,” she added.
Asked if Pacquiao is ready to face interpellation from other seasoned senators after his speech on Monday, Mercado expressed confidence.
“Of course, he is. He even engages our lawyers in (debates on) legislative issues and most of the time overwhelms them,” said Mercado.