Wednesday, March 17, 2010

PacTrain riders: Listen to Erap

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Advice from the Comelec that’s unlikely to be heeded:

Candidates for national and local positions were urged yesterday by the Commission on Elections to refrain from hogging the limelight during the hero’s welcome for boxing champ Manny Pacquiao.

Comelec Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said it would be better if the candidates would just heed their call to keep the event apolitical.

But maybe they’ll listen to former President Joseph Estrada.

At the Balayan municipal hall, where he was stumping, Estrada downplayed Pacquiao’s endorsement of Manuel Villar.

He also said the public might not like Pacquiao to be involved in politics.

"Kaibigan ko si Pacquiao at hindi naman siguro magiging malaking pwersa yung pag-endorse niya kay Villar. Kung titignan mong mabuti, lahat ng kandidatong inendorse ni Pacquiao natalo. Halimbawa, si Ali Atienza. Kahit siya mismo natalo," Estrada said.

Atienza, son of former Manila mayor and Environment secretary Lito Atienza banked on Pacquiao’s support in the 2007 election when he ran for Manila mayor.

Pacquiao, also in the 2007 elections, ran for congressman of General Santos City but was defeated by Rep. Darlene Antonino-Custodio.

He is again seeking a House seat, now for Sarangani, and under the NP.

The Nacionalista Party announced Monday that it will give Pacquiao a hero’s welcome as well as a big party in his honor.

Pacquiao is the NP’s candidate for the lone congressional seat of Sarangani. – Gerard Naval and Ashzel Hachero

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