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Pacquiao allies play down suspension call in the House of Representatives

GENERAL SANTOS CITY—Political allies and supporters of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao played down calls for the suspension of the congressman over absenteeism in the House of Representatives.

Glan town mayor James Yap, the concurrent president of the Mayors’ League of Sarangani, said calls for the suspension of Pacquiao are unfair to the people of Sarangani who have been benefitting from the programs and projects undertaken by the boxer-cum-lawmaker.

Former Sen. Rene Saguisag earlier called for the suspension of Pacquiao until his remaining term in office due to his failure to attend to his official functions in Congress.

Despite the hectic schedule of Pacquaio, Yap said the congressman still has ample time to visit and attend to the needs of his constituents.

The mayor said Pacquiao even used personal funds to help the marginalized people of Saragani amid the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Funds.

Yap said Pacquiao has been allocating P20 million annually from his own pocket for medical missions in the different villages of the province.

Aside from this, Pacquiao has also enlisted some 2,500 poor students from Sarangani and General Santos City into his scholarship program even prior to his election as a congressman in 2010.

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