Manny, the Pac Man, Pacquiao


Philippine


President?

Manny Pacquiao publicity photo for Brandon Rios fight this November in Macau. Photo: Edward Wong
Manny Pacquiao publicity photo for Brandon Rios fight this November in Macau. Photo: Edward Wong

 Manny the Pac-Man Pacquiao, boxer extraordinaire is an icon.  People are drawn to watch him fight from countries around the world. In whatever city his gloves are laced, the populace is sure to follow. 

Rumors floated about of his running for President of the Philippines because reporters continually pressed him on the issue and so when asked again if he had thought about shooting for the top job, Manny softly replied, “Yes”.

 However, he could not run in the 2016 elections because he will be too young. Manny is only 34 years old

now so he will still be under the 40 year mark, required by their constitution.

English: Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao at Wate...
English: Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao at Waterfront Hotel in Cebu City. This is cropped from a re-sized version of a much larger photo. Sorry for the small size. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Manny Pacquiao is not only a terrific fighter.  Manny is also a congressman from the province of, Sarangani, on the large island of Mindanao.   

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. advised Manny to run for senator before aspiring to the top post.  “Let’s train (for the presidency) at the senatorial level.” 

That is maybe where the info is gathered to be a corrupt politician, who will grease your palm or where and for how much.  The politicos of the Philippines learn deceit and how to cunningly lie somewhere…don’t corrupt his well-intentioned mind.

 Anyway, Pacquiao quelled the rumors that began flying wildly two days ago on the 29th.  He clarified his intentions and stated that he has no immediate or concrete plans to pursue the presidency in 2016.  The Philippine Presidency however, is a grand aspiration.

Steve Richie

Hi folks, Two lives in one lifetime. The first me, lived to age thirty-four. That Steve was overly confident and oozing with pride. Then, on a record heat-setting day (107º) here in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and western Wisconsin, a one car near-fatal wreck left me in a two-month long coma. I emerged much as I was before minus certain physical capabilities, but my mind seemed mostly in tact. The crash and its effects did not change me (I emerged a happy individual) but the deeds perpetrated against me in the ensuing months from my wife of sixteen years scared and humbled me as I was dragged down with nothing left by my wife who now had guardianship over all of our accounts. And neither would she allow me to see our kids. She took everything out of, "Our" names and changed them to her name only; then would not allow me to our home and divorced me. I was angry, but no more. I spent half of 1988 and more than half of 1989 in hospitals, nursing homes and a three month stint at a head-injury rehab center where I was being taught how to re-enter society as this different person, that I didn't know. I was not able to return to my previous line of work, a self-employed decorator, you know, painting and paperhanging. It was a physical job which required much dexterity, finesse, and a good grasp of numbers. I returned to the beginning, school, but on a community college level. One of the instructor's liked my writing and I began focusing my attention on that. I attended classes at, "The Loft," A Place for Writers in Minneapolis. While there, a classmate of mine was having her friend from New York, a CBS executive, to her home for the holidays and asked me if she could do a critique on a couple chapters of a book I was writing, "A Day I'll Never Remember" and I obliged. When she returned to class the following Monday she told me that the exec wanted a ten-page synopsis of the book for a possible movie; I was excited. After obliging for that also, I never saw or heard from her or the guy from CBS. Next thing I knew I was watching a movie called, "Regarding Henry" starring Harrison Ford and the scenes of therapy were exactly like what I went through and had written about. Regarding Henry - could've been my story except that, "Henry" got his head injury from a gunshot and his wife stayed with him throughout the ordeal. Coincidence I'm sure, though, the therapy scenes entailed what I described in the book so I always wondered..... My hope, my dream is to bolster our income for my daughter and for myself. I am and have been raising this beautiful, talented little girl who was diagnosed with autism at age two, since 2006 singlehandedly. I divorced her mother the same year following complaints that I spent too much time with our daughter. However, Stephanie began school with no need for special education. She has been reading since age four and understanding what she'd read. Stephanie maintains straight "A's" on her report card, has published two books (through school) and has been selected as an, "Honors" student for seventh grade English. My ex moved to New York to be closer to her sister and has been remarried now for a number of years. Well, that's only a snippet of my sixty-one years and I would like to thank you for reading, thank you.

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