Latest Stories

Bare Eye

Maturity is the name of the game


Manny Pacquiao confidante Rex “Wakee” Salud on Sunday made two vows.

He said he would immediately apologize to Pacquiao.

Salud also said he would not talk to media again or issue any statement.

All this resulted from allegations made in the media that Pacquiao was totally bankrupt.

Salud, a high-profile figure in the Pacquiao retinue, had supposedly told a Cebu reporter that Pacquiao has gone penniless.

Salud said he made the remark casually and did not expect it to see print or whatever.

* * *

Well, President Noynoy Aquino himself obviously thought he was being both cute and casual in initially refusing to abolish the abominable pork barrel.

Just like that  and look at the storm the casual—if careless—intimation spawned.

Am rushing this piece very early Monday with everybody in my poor neighborhood fast asleep. The idea is to be able to move out early, take a jeepney from Sta. Ana-Tulay to Padre Faura, then walk to the Luneta for the anti-pork rally.

No, I didn’t have to be goaded into joining the march.

This is as spontaneous as in that sparkling evening in January 1986, when I headed to Rizal Park, after having put to bed that week’s issue of Joe Burgos’ We Forum (“A Nation Cheated”), to cheer Tita Cory as she declared a boycott against products of identified Marcos cronies.

* * *

Regarding Wakee Salud, he need not apologize to Pacquiao.

But he should also drop that childish threat to sue the reporter who “misquoted” him.

For the record, Pacquiao is not and will never be bankrupt.

Maybe he ran out of cash at the height of the campaign period in the last midterm polls when he was reportedly milked dry by mayors in his congressional district. Pacquiao’s lovely wife Jinkee ran and won as vice governor of Sarangani, reportedly on the very expensive support of the greedy town executives.

Nothing wrong with Salud commenting about the well-invested Congressman Pacquiao not being liquid with his finances.

What’s truly ugly was the glaring intent of certain sectors, including a giant television network, to use the bankruptcy allegations to put Pacquiao down.

You see, Pacquiao, a living hero, will soon be venturing into a crucial must-win fight against the younger, bigger Brandon Rios.

Let’s all go out to support him.

* * *

Maybe this need not be told here, but for whatever it’s worth, this is a time Pacquiao will have to pack tons of maturity into the fight proper on Nov. 24 in Macau.

The same goes for gambler Wakee Salud when he next starts blabbing about.

Maturity is the name of the game.

In fact, given some sincerity and loads of maturity, President Aquino could’ve avoided the first full-blown upheaval he would be facing (at this reporting) in his term.

As one protester who texted me wondering if I would be at the Luneta for the rally said,  “We must do something quick, something is really wrong with the President’s head.”

Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter

More from this Column:

Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Boxing , Manny Pacquiao

  • eeangel65@yahoo.com

    “Something is really wrong with the President’s head.” It’s the smoke he inhales everyday, it affects the brain.

  • azkal futbol

    magkano nilagay sayo ni paq-ayaw. mag mature ka na. balimbing

Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


  • Bernice Lee arrested by NBI team
  • Group: Bataan cop killed to stop him from exposing colleagues linked to drug ring
  • Chemical Engineer licensure examination
  • Troubled history fuels Japan-China tension
  • Palace: Our concern is to ensure MRT runs smoothly
  • Sports

  • NLEX fights off Derulo Accelero to remain unbeaten
  • Mayweather diehard Bieber eats pride, poses with Pacquiao for photo op
  • Power Pinays rip Singapore to enter quarters in Asian volley tilt
  • PBA D-League: Waves edge skidding Superchargers
  • Ilad’s last-second basket lifts Gems over Bakers
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • Arrest warrants out vs. Deniece Cornejo, Cedric Lee, et al over serious illegal detention
  • Lindsay Lohan says she had a miscarriage
  • Discovery network cancels Everest jump
  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Business

  • Century Pacific Food sets IPO price at P13.75 per share
  • Oil prices down in quiet Asian trade
  • Asian shares mixed in holiday-thinned trade
  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Technology

  • PH has slowest internet in Southeast Asia
  • Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks 25th anniversary
  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Balikatan could spoil peace talks, says militant group
  • DFA officers hold workshop on aiding human traffic victims
  • Canada in communication with PH on toxic wastes
  • Filipinos in Middle East urged not to panic amid MERS-CoV scare
  • Obama on mission to quiet Asia skeptics
  • Marketplace