A Wheeler’s Opinion: What Should Chito Narvasa do?

To stay or to leave. That is the question

Chito Narvasa has said that “If it’s for principle, I’ll stay,” (Photo by the PBA Media Bureau)
With the MVP Group moving to remove Chito Narvasa as PBA commissioner by the means of not supporting a contract extension for the latter, it appeared Mr. Narvasa has been booted out. 
But hold it, folks. Mr. Narvasa has, of course, found allies in the SMC Bloc in the ranks of team owners together with the owners of GlobalPort and Kia- two known associates of the SMC Group in the PBA. 
Now, the Narvasa Saga has clearly divided the teams because, on one side, the MVP Group wants Narvasa out of the picture owing to what the group has called an unfair move of Narvasa to divulge an information about a TNT official who submitted the draft application of Christian Standhardinger on the latter’s behalf.
In addition to this, many who were in favor of removing Narvasa at the helm were already against the already controversial trade involving San Miguel and Kia which includes Standhardinger. On the other side, a group wants Narvasa to stay on board because he is still enjoying the support of the group, the SMC Group.
Here’s the catch, folks: Chito Narvasa said that the team owners who were against his decision to approve the said trade have 10 days- per league rules, to do something about it. And yet, according to Narvasa, those who were against his decision, didn’t do anything and went straight to removing him
Now, it’s already given that the Narvasa Saga, which was born straight out of the Standhardinger Saga, has divided team owners but Narvasa’s statement that he’ll stay if it’s for his principle has angered many PBA fans judging from their comments in the social media. 
Some were blaming Narvasa’s actions for the free-falling number of fans watching games live. Some were even stating Narvasa’s apparent selectiveness in sanctioning punishments and fines to players and coaches. In effect, most of the PBA fans want Narvasa out of the picture, too.
So, if you were Mr. Narvasa, what are going to do? He has two options at hand:


To prevent escalating things and give the PBA a fresh start heading into the league’s 43rd season, Chito Narvasa should leave especially if the 7 teams who signed the resolution not to extend his contract for another year, wouldn’t support him if he stays. Stay and his tenure will be filled with friction. Leave and he’ll give the fans what they wanted. Who knows? His leaving might encourage to watch the games again. But then again, easier said than done. 


Chito Narvasa can stay on board, of course. 
According to Robert Non, Chito Narvasa is still the PBA commissioner as of the moment due to the various violations that the MVP bloc has done. For starters, the 5 teams failed to attend yesterday’s meeting at the league office owing to the reason that the notice was only sent to them last October 30 which is, according to Mr. Non, is a clear violation of the 7-day rule when serving notices. 
In addition to this, the supporters of Narvasa are also stating that those who want Narvasa out of the picture failed to get the needed number of votes which is 8 of the 12 teams, to terminate Narvasa’s  contract. And most importantly. Non, the governor of the San Miguel group, said that Narvasa enjoys the confidence and trust of 5 teams which, by the gray areas in the league’s by-laws, is sufficient for Narvasa to remain.


There’s no doubt that the Narvasa Saga is far from over and with both sides throwing statements after statements, expect this saga to be in the air for a long period of time as the PBA prepares for the new season.
As for Chito Narvasa, if it’s true that he only does what he thinks it’s beneficial for the PBA community, the decision to leave or stay is up to him alone but wouldn’t be beneficial more for the league if he leaves? Why? His relationship with the 7 teams has already been strained and even though he still has the support of the 5 teams, it will create more chaos.
But then again, what’s the PBA without drama, right? 

Sen. Santiago tells Pacquiao to back off

source: Maila Ager | inquirer.net

Back off Manny Pacquiao, just focus on boxing. This was the advice of Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, who even challenged the world boxing champion and now representative of Saranggani province, to a fist fight.

“Suntukan na lang kami [Let’s just slug it out],” Santiago said in jest on Tuesday.

Turning serious, the senator advised Pacquiao not to join the debates on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill, saying that he should rather focus on his sport.

Huwag mo nang pasukan ito. E kung kaming mga senador, hindi kami pumapasok sa pagboxing pero kung gusto mo e pwede rin [Don’t get yourself involved in this anymore. We senators don’t engage into boxing but if you want, then we may],” Santiago said, reacting to Pacquiao who sided with the Catholic Church in opposing the RH bill.

Santiago also lectured the people’s champ when he interpreted the Bible literally when he used the quote “Go out and multiply” to defend his position against the RH bill.

“May I just make a point of grammar please? The Bible does not say, ‘Go out to the world.’ It sounds very much like God is encouraging us to go out and copulate in public,” she said.

God said in the Bible, ‘Go forth and multiply.’ That meant that God wanted man, not necessarily to literally multiply, but to go out to work with the rest of the human beings of this planet and to apply the stewardship theory. Meaning to say, taking care of each other, who are all in the planet living together,” she pointed out.

Besides, Santiago explained that the Bible was not written by God and not even by any of the eyewitnesses to God since she said it was written at least 70 years after the death of Jesus Christ.

“They are quoting Jesus … but none of them were living when he was around plus they’re quoting God but the Bible says no one has ever seen God. In fact, if we claimed to have seen God, as I said, you are in urgent need of psychiatric care,” she further said.

Asked if she was threatened by the popularity of Pacquiao, Santiago said, “I don’t think so, this is a literate country.”

“We know, we can see, that he knows more about boxing than possibly anybody alive particularly in the welterweight department, which is considered to be “the” boxing title. But still, we cannot be know-it-alls. It will be very misleading to use his celebrity status to enter into, what is after all, a great debate on the political economy,” the senator added.

Santiago is one of those pushing for the passage of the RH bill.

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Church told: Don’t use Pacquiao in RH fight

By Ryan Chua, ABS-CBN News

MANILA, Philippines – Sen. Edgardo Angara on Tuesday called on the Catholic Church not to use boxing champion Manny Pacquiao to mislead the Filipino public, who he believes are mostly in favor of the controversial Reproductive Health (RH) bill.
Angara told reporters the surveys have shown that majority of Filipinos want the proposed measure enacted into law.

“People are for it. They live with poverty and misery every day. They want also some help from their church and from their government,” he said.
Angara said he is inclined to vote for the bill, but will make sure there are no provisions in it that allow abortion.
He added that the heated and below-the-belt arguments between those for and against the bill must stop.

“The same issue has gone through many Catholic countries more Catholic and more devout than us-Brazil, Portugal, Spain, Italy-without this traumatic and indecent name-calling,” Angara said.

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Haiti ruling ends Wyclef Jean’s run for president

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Associated Press Writers Tamara Lush, Associated Press Writers

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – Singer Wyclef Jean’s high-profile bid for Haiti’s presidency ended after election officials on the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean nation disqualified his candidacy.
The Haitian-American hip-hop star expressed disappointment at the late Friday ruling, but called on his followers to act “peacefully and responsibly.”

“Though I disagree with the ruling, I respectfully accept the committee’s final decision, and I urge my supporters to do the same,” the former Fugees frontman said in a statement.
“I want to assure my countrymen that I will continue to work for Haiti’s renewal; though the board has determined that I am not a resident of Haiti, home is where the heart is — and my heart has and will always be in Haiti.”
On Saturday, Jean attended a church service in his mother’s hometown and prepared to fly back to the United States where his wife and daughter live. He did not speak to the news media.
Questions remained about whether he will stay involved with the presidential election, perhaps by throwing his support to one of the 19 candidates Haiti’s electoral council approved for the Nov. 28 election.
The commission did not say why it had disqualified Jean, but the singer had faced a challenge to his candidacy because he has not lived in Haiti for the past five years as required.
Election officials also rejected the candidacy of Jean’s uncle, Raymond Joseph, who is Haiti’s ambassador to the United States.
The commission approved 19 candidates and rejected 15, spokesman Richardson Dumel told journalists. While rejecting Jean, the board approved two leading contenders: former Prime Minister Jacques-Edouard Alexis and Yvon Neptune, who was the last prime minister under ousted President Jean-Bertrand Aristide and has been active in helping to coordinate reconstruction efforts.
Also allowed to run are: Jude Celestin, head of the government’s primary construction firm and the candidate supported by President Rene Preval; and Michel Martelly, a well-known Haitian singer known as “Sweet Mickey.” The Constitution bars Preval from running for re-election.
Jean had apparently been aware which way the decision would go. The 40-year-old entertainer had been in a hotel near the electoral commission office but left abruptly without speaking to journalists about an hour before the announcement. He issued his statement later.
Dozens of police and U.N. peacekeepers in riot gear were stationed outside the office, but there were no signs of protests or unrest.
Despite his final rejection, Jean attracted global attention to a race in which almost no one outside Haiti could even name any of the candidates.
“His candidacy certainly did shake things up,” said Laurent Dubois, a Haiti historian and professor at Duke University. “But it’s still a very important election whether Wyclef is in it or not.”
Jean, who gained famed as a member of the Fugees before building a solo career, had no political organization, not much of a following beyond his fans of his music and only a vague platform, casting himself as an advocate of Haiti’s struggling youth and saying he would ask reconstruction donors to help the country’s dysfunctional education system.
He also faced persistent criticism over alleged financial mismanagement at the charity he founded, Yele Haiti. He stepped down from the charity at the beginning of his campaign.
Some Haitians questioned the seriousness of the aspiring candidate, who left the desperately poor Caribbean nation as a boy.
“I don’t think he’s a politician at all,” said Etienne St. Cyr, a pastor who helps at a camp for homeless earthquake survivors at the Petionville Country Club. “Maybe he’s not what we need right now.”
St. Cyr said Jean failed to win over the people camped in squalid tents on the slope of a golf course, noting they already have allegiances to established political parties and the singer had not visited the camp.
Earlier this week, Jean said he had received death threats from somebody who called and told him to get out of Haiti.
The winner of the November vote will take charge of recovery from the Jan. 12 earthquake, coordinating billions of aid dollars in a country with a history of political turmoil and corruption. The quake killed an estimated 300,000 people and left the capital, Port-au-Prince, in ruins.
The devastation, coupled with frustration over a weak government response, created an opening for a messianic outsider like Jean, said Robert Fatton Jr., a Haiti expert at the University of Virginia.
“The very fact that he is taken seriously when … he has no preparation to be president, is an indication that the whole country, in particular the youth, looks at the typical Haitian population as a bankrupt kind of species,” Fatton said.
Fatton said he suspects the delay in announcing the candidate list, which was initially supposed to be released Tuesday, owed to a struggle among the political elite, with some trying to keep Jean from running.
Although he is not officially in the race, Jean could still influence the election by helping to mobilize the youth vote, said Mark Jones, a professor of political science at Rice University in Houston.
“The other candidates should try to get him on their team,” he said.
Associated Press Writers Chris Gillette and Evens Sanon contributed to this report.

Pacquiao laughs off House website glitches

source: abs-cbnnews.com

It is not a big deal for Sarangani Province Rep. Manny Pacquiao if the House of Representatives (HOR) website incorrectly stated that he is a 68-year-old married to another woman.

“Ngayon ko lang nalaman. Kung na-correct naman, okey naman,” Pacquiao said on Tuesday after he was informed about the glitches found on his profile page.

The website named a certain Elizabeth Salvacion as his wife rather than Jinkee Pacquiao. It also indicated that his birthday was May 28, 1942 instead of December 17, 1978.

Hours after the House Secretary General’s office’s attention was called to the errors, Pacquiao’s page in the HOR website was cleared of all data.

The 7-division world champion also said that there is no need for the HOR to apologize for the erroneous date of birth and name of spouse.

Hindi okey lang, nagkamali lang naman eh,” the Filipino boxing superstar stated.

Alam ng mga tao kung ilang taon ako, kung saan nakatira, kung sino ang asawa ko at ilan ang anak ko,” added the father of four – Jimuel, Michael, Princess and Queen Elizabeth.

House Secretary-General Marilyn Barua-Yap, meantime, said that her office is looking into the matter.

Those are basic but very important data that we should be very careful about. We always double check our data. We are checking because it’s unfair to Rep. Pacquiao and his family and the people of Sarangani,” she said in a statement.

Barua-Yap clarified that her office has not released data on the personal information submitted by HOR members for website posting.

She also stressed that her office could not be the source of wrong information. “We don’t release any data on the personal information of House members without their consent,” she reasoned. – With a report from RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News.


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First Manny Pacquiao privilege speech in Congress Video

Ever wonder how our National fist or the Nation Boxing Icon is doing in Congress?

Recently elected Congressman Manny Pacquiao is living his dream both as a top prize fighter and a Public official, I think he is doing good so far but let see in the near future if he will be infected by the virus of our corrupt public officials.

I love the Philippines, but as much as I hate to admit it, I still don’t believe in our Government even with the new president. They simply cannot change the image, they cant do it by theme selves. but for now lets be happy and enjoy the show.

Let see Manny on his 1st privilege speech



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Linda McMahon of WWE for Senator ?!

WWE Linda McMahon will be running for Senate in the US!

For those of you who are watching wrestling, you  know here as the wife of Vince. the successful wrestling franchise that is popular world wide have produce Actors and now a politician?

You think they would use the program for campaign, would we see our wrestlers wearing vote Linda shirts. anyways her commercial look good let see how people and the wrestling world would react to it.

Here is the campaign poster and the video link for the TV Spot

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Pacquiao a Student once again

Manny Pacquiao started as a student of boxing and soon flourished to become the master of the game. He is now back as a student in the politics arena.

Newly elect Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines started attending a 10-day certificate course in Development Legislation and Governance at the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP) at Ortigas Center in Pasig City, Philippines.

10 days is a very short period to learn politics and surely Manny did not master the art of boxing in 10 days. It took him years of training to be where he is right now. Manny still have a long way to go in politics and if He continue to give the same effort and dedication like what he does in boxing, one day we may see him as a good leader and maybe like what we all joke about a “President”. This is not far from happening as in the Philippines mostly the popular win, look at how many celebrities turn politicians we have not to mention former President Estrada. Majority of us vote this way as much as we hate to admit it.

In boxing He was surrounded by good coach and trainers, He follows and listened to them well. In politics he is surrounded by different type Politicians some good and some bad will Many listen to them as well. Truly this would be the hardest arena that He will fight on and this time he cant just dance around the ring and punch the opponent till their knocked out.


source: http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=584456&publicationSubCategoryId=68

Pacquiao: I’ll fight as boxer, congressman

World boxing champion Manny Pacquiao believes he can continue his phenomenal career in the ring while fulfilling his dream of helping his poor countrymen as a politician.
“It just needs discipline. You just need time management,” he said.
Still on a high after winning a congressional seat representing impoverished Sarangani province, Pacquiao, 31, said he would continue fighting—both as an athlete and legislator for the people.

“There are many problems in my province, many people who need help and, one by one, we will decide what to do to help them,” said Pacquiao at a grand celebration in his hometown Saturday night.

“I am happy that I won and that people voted for me but it is also a great responsibility and so I must help my countrymen,” said Pacquiao, known as Pacman, who grew up dirt-poor until boxing brought him world fame and riches.

“My agenda is livelihood programs, education, health care and medical assistance. I am thinking of all kinds of bills to pass in Congress.”
The party, at a convention center attended by more than 1,000 people, marked the 61st birthday of his mother, Dionisia, and his landslide victory in last week’s national elections.
Pacquiao also said he would continue making commercial endorsements, a sideline that helped make him the world’s sixth highest-paid athlete last year with earnings of $40 million, according to Forbes magazine.

But asked what his priority would be among his many occupations, Pacquiao said: “For now, I will focus on service.”
Pacquiao has long dreamed of a political career, saying he was driven by a fierce desire to help the poor and that public office would be his way of paying society back for the support Filipinos have given him.
Immediately after his election victory was confirmed last week, Pacquiao said he would give in to his mother’s wishes and fight just one more time—in a long-awaited bout with 33-year-old American Floyd Mayweather Jr.

However, Pacquiao hinted he might still have some more fights left in him.

“My mother gave me one more fight. I respect my Mama but it is up to me whether to continue boxing or not,” he said.

Agence France-Presse /Philippine Daily Inquirer