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Pacquiao raises guard on tardiness

SARANGGANI Rep. Manny Pacquiao had a ready explanation for his epic tardiness that earned him the most number of absences in the 290-member House of Representatives (HOR) last year.
The Filipino boxing icon-slash-professional basketball playing coach-slash-lawmaker was confronted by media on the matterMonday as he made his first appearance in the Lower Chamber this 2015.
“Absent ako dito pero present ako sa district (I may be absent here in Congress but I’m present in my district),” Pacquiao told House reporters.
He added that he has helped many constituents in his district.
Last year, the eight-division boxing champion attended plenary only four times, even outdoing Negros Occidental Rep. Jules Ledesma who is notorious for his absenteeism. Ledesma was present seven times in 2014.
The year 2014 had 70 session dates, with the roll call of House member conducted 34 times. So rare a Pokemon is Congressman Pacman that House Speaker Sonny Belmonte has even urged the former to attend plenary sessions more.
Pacquiao has had a busy 2015 so far–abroad, that is. He recently judged the 63rd Miss Universe beauty pageant in Miami, met President Barack Obama and the Dalai Lama in a meeting with religious leaders in Washington, a starstruck Prince Harry in London, and toured the United States to promote his documentary-movie.  (Randy K. Ortega)

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