Pacquiao vows to push for law against political dynasty

By JOVILAND RITA, GMA News

Published January 27, 2022 12:04pm
Updated January 27, 2022 12:09pm

Presidential bet Senator Manny Pacquiao on Thursday said he would push for a law prohibiting political dynasties if elected president in the May elections, despite having brothers holding government positions.

Interviewed on Dobol B TV’s Ikaw Na Ba?” Pacquiao said he would even forbid his brothers from running for government position if an anti-political dynasty bill is passed.

Two of Manny’s bothers in government are House of Representatives Deputy Speaker and Sarangani Representative Rogelio Pacquiao, and OFW Family Partylist Representative Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao.

“Kung ‘yan po ang kagustuhan ng majority ng ating mga kababayan, then why not. Kapag nandyan yung batas ay susunod tayo,” he said.

(If the majority of our countrymen want that, why not? We will follow when the anti-political dynasty law is passed.)

Asked about how the bill will be passed into law when many members of the Congress are also part of political dynasties, Pacquiao expressed optimism saying: “Pagdating ng panahon, kung ano ang gusto ng pangulo ay magagawa naman siguro” (Time will come when what the president wants might be granted).

On SALN

Meanwhile, Pacquiao said he wants to make mandatory the release of Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth (SALN) of government officials.

“Dapat magpirmahan, willing na…waiver, yung bank secrecy sa lahat ng accounts. Gawin natin yan (na mandatory) para lahat ng mga nasa gobyerno makita natin,” he said.

(We should have to sign a waiver on bank secrecy for all accounts. Let’s make it mandatory so we could check on all government officials.)

For Pacquiao, he is “proud” to show his SALN because he said his wealth is hard-earned, adding that other government officials should also do so.

“Huwag silang magtago ng kayamanan dahil doon po mabubunyag” (They should not hide their wealth because that’s how they will be exposed), he added.

Bullet train from north to south

Asked about solutions to address the traffic problem in the country, Pacquiao said he will add more roads, roads, skyways, underpasses, subways, and trains including a bullet train “from north to south.”

“Ang pangarap ko po ay magkaroon tayo ng bullet train from north to south (My dream is for us to have a bullet train from north to south),” he said. –LBG, GMA News

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