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Bishop says Pacquiao is building a dynasty

Boxing champ's wife aims to be vice-governor

Boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao (picture: Akira Kouchiyama/Wikimedia Commons) Boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao (picture: Akira Kouchiyama/Wikimedia Commons)
  • ucanews.com reporter, Manila
  • Philippines
  • October 3, 2012
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Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao's wife Jinkee has filed a certificate of candidacy for her province’s vice-governorship yesterday, while he has filed for re-election as a congressional representative.

With the filings, the Pacquiaos will be added to the list of known families of so-called "political dynasties" that control politics in the country, said Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez of Marbel.

Pacquiao's younger brother Rogelio is eyeing a congressional seat for the neighboring province of South Cotabato, and another member of the Pacquiao family, Lorelie, ran for and won as village chief in Labangal village in 2010.

According to the bishop, political dynasties show that Filipinos are "not yet ready for political transformation."

The Philippine Constitution prohibits "political dynasties as may be defined by law," but the regulation has never been enforced for lack of implementation procedures.

"The anti-dynasty law is a big joke," Bishop Gutierrez said.

When asked if the boxing champ and current representative for Sarangani province is an effective leader, the prelate said: "He is always out. How many bills has he authored?"

Still, he conceded, " [Pacquiao] is generous. Some have taken advantage of him."

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