Sunday, March 20, 2005

NR0319:Solons leave for Manny Pacquiao match

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release March 19, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

While wishing Champ Manny Pacquiao well, Rep. Beltran expresses dismay over exodus of solons to watch match in Las Vegas

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran, an big boxing fan, today expressed dismay over reports that almost 50 members of the House of Representatives have flown to Las Vegas yesterday to watch Manny Pacquiao's boxing match against World Boxing Council Super Featherweight Eric Morales tomorrow, Philippine time.

"Considering that there are so many urgent and critical issues affecting the nation right now, it's a disappointment that many solon still have the time to leave the country just to watch a boxing match," he said. "It becomes even more difficult to take the Macapagal-Arroyo administration's call for belt-tightening and austerity measures even seriously. The still unnamed solons who have flown to Las Vegas to watch t he match are not being exemplary poster boys for the government's campaign against superfluous spending. They could have sent their well-wishes for Manny via text, fax, or email. If I had a way, this is what I would've done."

The veteran labor leader said that he saw no need for his fellow solons to leave the country for the match. "The coverage will be just as good on television," he said. "It's not really an excuse that they're using their own money to fund the trip - they're still elected officials and given the economic crisis, they could've used the money for the airfare and the hotel accommodations for their respective constituencies - thousands of schoolchildren are graduating this March, for instance. Their parents could well use the money for graduation and to prepare for the coming school year."

Not to be a spoilsport, however, Beltran said that he unites with the rest of the Filipino people in cheering Manny Pacquiao on. "I truly hope that Manny wins the match." he said. He said that he himself will be glued to the television screen tomorrow.#


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