SEIZE the opportunity and shine.
This was AKO-Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe’s unsolicited advice to his House colleague, boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao in the aftermath of the latter’s loss to unified welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. over the weekend.
Batocabe noted that while Pacquiao lost his belt in the match, his de facto chairmanship of the Overseas Workers’ Affairs (OWA) panel in the House of the Representatives (HOR) could bring him something more precious boxing titles.
“Just an unsolicited advice for Manny: the chairmanship of overseas workers committee can be the shining moment of his career as legislator,” Batocabe said of the second-term Saranggani lawmaker.
“Because of his popularity, he can effectively fight for the rights and welfare of our overseas workers. For after all, every time the Pacman speaks, everybody watches and listens,” he pointed out.
Pacquiao inherited the leadership of the OWA panel from ex-Akbayan rep. Walden Bello, who resigned as House member last March 11. At that time, the Filipino ring hero–the no.1 vice chair of the committee–had just begun training for his super fight against Mayweather.
A potential shining moment for Pacquiao as far as committee work goes is the sought congressional inquiry on the case of Mary Jane Veloso.
Veloso, 30, of Nueva Ecija, was sentenced to death in 2010 for smuggling heroin in Indonesia.
Pacman was among those who made a direct appeal to Indonesian President Joko Widodo last week to defer Veloso’s execution via firing squad. The “drug mule” was then given a temporary reprieve by Widodo. (Randy K. Ortega)