I’m not really a die-hard fan of Manny Pacquiao and my interest in him is confined to his exploits in the ring, but what really leaves me scratching my head is his recent appointment as “Special Assistant to the DOJ Secretary“. Seriously, WTF?!
With all due respect to Pacquiao, what could he help the DOJ and/or the NBI on “intelligence matters”? Does the DOJ intend to use Pacquiao’s popularity to sway confessions or cooperation from suspects under interrogation? If the Arroyo administration would really like to recruit the help of Pacquiao, he should be attached to the Philippine Olympic Committee or seek his assistance in improving the national sports program.
Alas. the words of Raul Gonzales, aptly called, the ‘Secretary of InJustice” betrays their true motives:
“He [Pacquiao] is a useful unifier of the nation. He has a lot of following in Visayas and Mindanao. He is respected even by the Muslims. He could lend his name and prestige [to the Department],” Gonzalez said.
Pacquiao’s appointment to the DOJ is one of the most desperate moves of this Administration and the department itself to gain back some good brownie points in the eye of the public.
They’re correct in saying that Pacquiao is a powerful unifying force in this country today, that’s why it is ironic that the most divisive personalities today swarm all over him like flies to a hot-selling cake. In their efforts of being able to rub elbows with the best boxer today, they pray and hope that some of his gleam and good public rapport rub off on them.
The public especially Pacquiao fans may be jubilant and cheering for the “Pambansang Kamao” but I’m definite that they are cheering for Pacman and Pacman only.
GMA et al would have to do a lot more than rubbing elbows with and giving Pacquiao some fancy titles to regain the public’s trust and approval. Perhaps turning in their resignation letters would be a good start and I’m sure I’d be among the first to cheer!