The tandem with Atienza will not ward off the skeptics of Pacquiao
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) – For a boxer turned politician like Senator Manny Pacquiao, choosing a veteran lawmaker like BUHAY party list representative Lito Atienza as running mate may seem a “logical choice” but not enough to sway skeptics of his presidential candidacy, one said. Friday an analyst.
“Right off the bat, I think this favors Senator Pacquaio precisely because he can point the finger at Atienza’s experience as a local executive, as well as as a legislator, but I guess that will not provide not really a satisfactory response to its skeptics, “said political analyst Michael Yusingco. told CNN Philippines Source.
“In this sense, the tandem will be of no use to him because it will give no satisfaction to those who doubt his competence to be president,” added Yusingco.
Pacquiao was the first presidential contender to file his certificate of candidacy for the 2022 election, surprising the public with Atienza as his running mate, who filed his candidacy with him. The 80-year-old party list representative previously headed the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and served as mayor and deputy mayor of Manila.
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Pacquiao made his offer official two days after announcing his retirement from boxing.
In a brief speech after his filing, Pacquiao pledged to focus on reducing poverty, improving the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, strengthening internet connectivity, providing sufficient power and ending corruption by jailing lost officials.
But Yusingco said such a campaign promise is nothing more than an “old spiel” that has been used by previous presidents to win the hearts of the people.
“It is irrelevant. It seems that Senator Pacquiao is only talking about some points from the old speeches of former presidents. He is not offering anything new,” he said.
Yusingco added: “It just confirms what everyone thinks about his candidacy: that he is not ready for the job.”
The COC filing for national elective and elective positions will run until October 8. Substitution of candidates is allowed until November 15.