Some lawmakers to watch Pacquiao-Marquez fight live in Las Vegas


MANNY Pacquiao throws a left at trainer Freddie Roach in Monday’s final mitts session at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood. ROY LUARCA

MANILA, Philippines — It’s crunch time at the House of Representatives but a House leader on Thursday said that some of their members will be trooping to Las Vegas to watch fellow lawmaker Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao’s boxing fight.

Despite desperate calls and constant reminders from the House leadership in its effort to maintain quorum during the last two weeks of work before they adjourn for the holidays, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said that they issued 16 travel authorities with the US as destination.

“All are travelling at their own expense. Several of them were still here yesterday (Wednesday) so I’m not sure all left,” he said in a text message.

Manila Representative Amado Bagatsing, chairman of the House committee on games and amusement, said that the lawmakers have scheduled to fly for the US within the week for the Saturday bout between Pacquiao and Marquez. He refused to name the lawmakers who will be watching the fight live.

Asked if they would be going, House majority leader Neptali Gonzales II, Bagatsing and House minority leader Danilo Suarez said that they will focus on passing important legislation instead.

The House of Representatives has been working overtime to pass key measures like the Reproductive Health Bill.

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  • chitetskoy

    huwag nang hintayin na si anonymous o si assange pa ang magpublish ng names ng mga kapalmuks na pulitiko na iyan. ipatapon sila sa compostela valley.

  • Mark

    Bakit ndi pinapangalanan ng media kung sino ang mga lintek na congressmen na to!!!  Bakit di nila ngayon gamitin ang galing nilang kumalkal sa mga isyu na marami sa iba ay one sided??? Bakit ndi nila sabihin ang mga pangalan para malaman ng mga botante kung sino talaga yung mga committed sa trabaho nila at sino yung mga pansariling interest lang ang iniisip???May malubhang kalamidad na nangyari, maraming importanteng batas ang kelangan tapusin bago mag recess ang kongreso tapos uunahin pa nila ang boksing???Pangalanan ang mga yan at wag na uling iboto!!!

  • efriend

    Shameless! Insensitive especially during this time of calamity.

    If these were US politicians, all major US news networks would flash their names for a shame campaign.

  • riccisan

    they are going there not for the fight, but to arrange their bets..

  • batukan

    kapal ng mukha ni bagatsing at belmonte na ayaw sabihi ang mga galan ng mga kongresista na manoood ng pacquiao fight, na mas gusto manood ng pacquiao kesa umatend ng session. pwede naman sila manood d2 sa pinas mga hinyupak sila! 

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