Pacquiao on being a public servant: Speaking good English doesn’t make you a good leader

  • Senator Manny Pacquiao said politicians don’t need to pretend as geniuses to impress people
  • He said what’s important is for the people to feel that they are being cared for because politics is public service
  • Pacquiao added that he doesn’t need to speak good English to become a good leader

Senator Manny Pacquiao aired his sentiments on Philippine politics.

Image by Manny Pacquiao via Facebook

The senator lamented how many politicians use their fluency in English to impress people. He called them “pretentious geniuses” and said he doesn’t want to be one of them. Pacquiao said he would rather help those in need because that is what is expected of him as a public servant.

“Marami sa atin na galing-galingan…Ang tawag ko dyan is pretentious genius leader, samantalang kawawa ang mga mahihirap na tao,” Pacquiao was quoted by Manila Bulletin.

Pacquiao said he entered politics because he knows he can do more for the country. He said, “Sabi ko mas marami akong magagawa kasi nakikita ko ang pulitika dito sa bansa natin, ginagawang business.”

He added that many still think that politics is a business, which is wrong because it should be about public service.

“Dapat hindi mo pinagkakitaan ‘yung politics. Importante tunay na may malasakit at pagmamahal sa ating bansa,” the senator added.

The lawmaker also reiterated he believes one doesn’t have to pretend to be a genius to impress people to be able to lead. He said what’s important is for the people to feel that the leaders care for them.

Image by Manny Pacquiao via Facebook

“Ang mga tao kasi, o kelangan, I have to speak good English, I have to have perfect English to prove that I’m a good leader. No, the most important for a leader is this: If you already know the problem, you know how to solve the problem,” he said.