Manila Philippines – Congressman-elect Manny Pacquiao paid a courtesy call to president-apparent Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III at his Times Street home on Tuesday, May 18.
Atty. Edwin Lacierda, Noynoy’s spokesperson, related on “TV Patrol World” on May 19 that presidential candidate Manny Villar’s poster boy and the Liberal Party standard bearer talked for almost an hour. With Manny were his wife Jinkee and some staff members. Vice-presidential bet Mar Roxas also joined their meeting and even asked for Manny’s autograph.
Aside from congratulating each other on their individual triumphs, Atty. Edwin shared that Manny also told Noynoy about his plans for Sarangani, the province he represents in the lower House.
“Forward-looking lahat ng pag-uusap,” quipped the spokesman.
The seven-division world champ also pledged his support for the Aquino administration.
“Nag-usap lang sila… and to assure him that he will have the support of Congressman Pacquiao in the House,” said Atty. Edwin.
Noynoy and Manny seemed to have buried the hatchet of the past election when their respective parties had a dramatic and dirty cockfight on national TV.
During the campaign period, People’s Champ had even seemingly taken a swipe at the solon in one of the Nacionalista Party frontrunner’s multitude of advertisements, attributing his incompetency to govern the country to his lackluster political record.
The said ad infuriated Noynoy’s youngest and most controversial sister, Kris Aquino, who indirectly addressed him on her Twitter account last month.
All’s well that ends well, though: Manny and Kris have patched things up.
“Kami nga ni Jinkee Pacquiao, okay na okay na ulit eh. Sinabi ko talaga sa kaniya, ‘Mare nagtampo ako sa asawa mo’. Pero okay na ngayon, love-love-love,” the Queen of All Media revealed on “Showbiz News Ngayon”’s May 18 episode.
In a separate interview on “24 Oras,” Atty. Edwin clarified that Manny has not yet exhibited signs that he is going back to the Liberal Party. The pound-per-pound king is under LP when he first ran for congressman of South Cotabato in 2007.
Source: abs- cbn