Prohibition case filed by political party in Sarangani can bring to an end boxing icon Manny Pacquiao from focusing on his clash with Joshua Clottey of Ghana planned next month in Cowboys Stadium, Dallas.
“I do not believe on it since my lawyers in Manila are taking care of that issue,” said Manny Pacquiao Friday from Los Angeles, where he has been preparing the last four weeks for the March 13, 2010 fight at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.
“I am prepared on my training for my next clash,” said Manny Pacquiao, regarded as the world’s finest fighter nowadays.
In spite of the case, Manny Pacquiao believed nobody can frighten him from approaching through with his superior political ambitions.
Manny Pacquiao’s spouse Jinkee hails from Kiamba town in Sarangani where they also have a home.
“I think that it is not me but my enemy who supposed to be prohibited,” said Pacquiao, referring to entrepreneur Roy Chiongbian, who will defy the boxing star for the single congressional chair in the region.
Last week, the Sarangani Reconciliation and Reformation Organization, which has powerful ties with Chiongbian, filed a prohibition case against Manny Pacquiao, who said he has complied with all the nationality requirements in Sarangani that will let him to run for public office.
Manny Pacquiao said it is Chiongbian, whose family is the acknowledged political kingpin of Sarangani, who has to be disqualified due to nationality issue, claiming that Chiongbian resides in Metro Manila and whose move of nationality the boxer has put in problem.
The Chiongbians have built a massive wealth in shipping, agri-business and real estate.
The Comelec had junked Manny Pacquiao’s previous appeal that Chiongbian be prohibited but the fighter’s lawyer, Sixto Brillantes, said his camp has filed a motion for reconsideration.
Brillantes is one of two topnotch lawyers Manny Pacquiao tapped to stand for him and touch him in lawful matters. Also lending a hand to Manny Pacquiao’s cause is Romulo Makalintal.
Brillantes admits that while the issues being raised by both camps are fairly small, he can’t pay for to take it nice and easy what with the rash of rulings by the Comelec disqualifying confident celebrity political aspirants on the issue of residency.