Posted: November 18, 2009 in Politics
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by Earlie Doriman

Whilst Filipinos are still in euphoria over Manny Pacquiao’s impressive victory against the much bigger Puerto Rican boxing champ in the full packed MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last Sunday, 15th Nov, 2009, politicians and wannabes are making their way into the scenes and desperately trying their best to let the voting public feel their presence even to the extent of appearing like silly cows.  Why do they still have the nerves to pretend they have the nicest intentions of serving the nation when in truth and in fact, they are just bunch of selfish, unscrupulous monsters which silently devour the nation into their own empires and command? Politicians who promise today and forget their words tomorrow, when they have the desired positions in their hands.  Too bad we have too many of them in the government. And it frustrates the whole nation as much as Manny Pacquiao inspires his countrymen.

As always said, politics and modesty are on extreme ends of the spectrum.  They don’t work together and their disparity is too wide to correspond.  Manny Pacquiao has nothing to prove now than being himself.  He’s name is already amongst the list of the greatest boxers this world can produce in this century.  Even before his recent title, the world has so much respect and regard of this person who has patiently conquered poverty and become not only one of the best boxing icons of this time but also the wealthiest.  He has nothing to prove than his sustained humility.  People loved and idolised him because he remained down-to-earth in spite of his boxing success. Just stay a boxing champ, and the world stay at your side.

But in a country where politics appears hypnotic to many aspirants, no one seems exempt even Manny Pacquiao whose fame and glory the world envy. What really are his intentions to seek public office or become a politician for that matter? Politicians present and past, always proclaim public service as the chief reason for running.  Does one actually have to to be in a public office to do public service? I don’t essentially agree that you need to be a mayor to help your city.  Public service is a responsibility of every constituent if not an obligation.  Manny Pacquiao with his capability both financially and physically can always do public service for the true meaning of it and not necessarily running for any government post.  Public service is a commitment and a mission, that does not require educational qualifications, that does not need expensive campaign ads, that does not need a political party, that does not calls for voters, and does not need politicians to patronise.  Public service simply needs a genuine heart, a sincere desire to help the helpless, a vocation whose vision is to uplift condition of a group of individuals and society which have been neglected and overlooked by many. Public service is a social philosophy, not a political framework.

Politics is politics. Many ideal men have tried before but they all stepped back fallen and dismayed.  It’s not bad to try though, yet if one only tries with the same purpose which can still be done without fundamentally trying it, it is best to achieve your purpose straightforwardly. That means, if Manny is indeed dedicated to do public service to this politically obsessed nation, he can absolutely do it now given his privilege and capability.  Manny Pacquiao may have the best chance to win his congressional debut in the 2010 elections, or probably the vice presidency, yet he would be more decent and respectable being a pound for pound king of the world, than being a member of the tainted Philippine politics.


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