Complete video shows Pacquiao also defended Duterte in his critique of WPS issue
WATCH | Context of Sen. Manny Pacquiao';s media interview last May 03, 2021 about his position on West Philippine Sea.
Posted by Manny Pacquiao News on Wednesday, May 12, 2021
MANILA, Philippines — Sen. Manny Pacquiao, a 2022 presidential hopeful, took a barrage of barbs from former Palace spokesperson Sal Panelo, popular pastor Apollo Quiboloy, and other administration supporters for apparently criticizing President Rodrigo Duterte over the West Philippine Sea issue.
A few days later, the PDP-Laban, which is led by Pacquiao as president, released on social media a more complete video of the controversial interview and urged detractors and party mates to take a second look at what the senator from Saranggani said — this time in context.
Although Pacquiao has made it clear that the nation’s sovereignty is crucial, the video also reveals that the senator sided with Duterte against insinuations that the president’s notorious “jet ski” comment in the 2016 election campaign should be taken literally.
“Kapag tinotoo niya, literal ‘yon,” Pacquiao said. “As a President, papayag ba tayong i-pa-jet ski siya doon?”
[Translation: “If he would really do it, then that’s literal. Would we allow him as president to ride a jet ski to that place?”]
In an interview, Deputy Speaker Arnie Teves of the 3rd District of Negros Oriental said Duterte and Pacquiao had always been close.
“I was made aware quite early of how close President Duterte and Senator Pacquiao have always been, even in the years prior to 2016,” said Teves. “So I was at first taken aback by headlines that made it seem like Manny had taken such a hardline stance against Duterte. I didn’t expect that at all.”
“But there’s a substantial difference between being sincere and being hostile,” he added. “Thankfully this video surfaced, as it brings an honest clarity to the situation in that Manny was not being antagonistic to the president in even the slightest, both in tone and in content. Senator Manny Pacquiao even defended the president at some point.”
PDP-Laban Executive Director Ronwald Munsayac, responding to criticisms from his party mates, wrote this poston Facebook:
“I lament the fact that you have issued this resolution and press statement without any actual fact-checking and proper verification of the full context of Senator Pacquaio’s narrative. If you look at the interview, you will realize that Senator Pacquaio was even defending the President when he said that people should not take the President’s ‘jetski statement’ literally. Senator Pacquaio said nothing to criticize President Duterte and in fact expressed his respect and admiration for what the President had stated in his ‘jetski’ bravado, by saying ‘ito, ‘yung gusto ko.’ Then, even as he said ‘nakukulangan ako.. kumpara sa dati…’ referring to the President’s stance now versus the President’s stance before on the same subject, Sen Pacquiao continued to say quickly, ‘sana ibalik niya ‘yung dati’.”
Malacañang issued a statement last week saying that Duterte remained a big fan of Pacquiao.