Is Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao giving a disservice to his constituents?
Let's do the math.
In a recent record gathered from the Congress of the Philippines, Pacquiao placed 4th among congressmen with the most number of absences in the 15th Congress. Pacquiao had 26 absences out of the 70 regular sessions. (The list also revealed that Ang Galing Party-list Representative Mikey Arroyo has the most number of absences with 32-but that's another story).
It may be perceived that Pacquiao may have been absent due to his training for his bouts abroad (the latest with Mosley). However, it must also be noticed that aside from defending his boxing titles, Pacquiao is also busy with his commitments in showbiz.
Just last Saturday, July 16, Manny Pacquiao spearheaded GMA's newest Game Show entitled Manny Many Prizes where it is perceived by many that this must be GMA Network's shot to rival ABC 5 controversial host Willie Revillame's game show.
Being your area's Representative in Congress doesn't only mean you distribute goods and do projects for your constituents. As the term implies, a Congressman should represent his domain on issues and discussion in Congress.