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Manny Pacquiao promoted as Lieutenant Colonel being criticized, Malacanang defends

By on Oct 17, 2011 in Asia, Boxing, Local, Politics Comments

Updated: December 5, 2011 10:49 p.m.

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Manila, Philippines – Filipino boxer and 8-division title champion Manny Pacquiao was promoted as Lieutenant Colonel in Philippine Army reserved forces, but the decision of Malacanang is now being criticized.

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As noted in local reports on Monday, October 17, 2011, Malacanang’s decision to promote Manny Pacquiao as Lieutenant Colonel is being criticized by some groups and individuals.

“What we are saying is the reason why there is a qualification like that is the qualifications are concomitant with skills, knowledge and competencies,” National Defense College of the Philippines former president Prof. Clarita Carlos said in an ABS-CBN interview.

Carlos added she is not belittling Pacquiao because he did not finish college, citing that among the rules included to be promoted as Lieutenant Colonel is to be a college graduate.

Pacquiao, 32, was enlisted in the Reserve Force of the Philippine Army as Sergeant on April 27, 2006 and was promoted to the rank of Technical Sergeant before that year ended.

Manny Pacquiao, also a Sarangani Congressman, was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant on October 7, 2007, was elevated to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant on May 4, 2009.

Lt. Col. Manny Pacquiao earned his rank last Friday, and his papers were signed by Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa on the authority of President Benigno Aquino III (PNoy), who is also the military’s commander in chief.

The commissioning of Pacquiao as Lieutenant Colonel took effect last September 21, and his promotion was recommended by Army Chief Lt. Gen. Ortiz based on the endorsement of his subordinates.

Meanwhile, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda stressed out that Pacquiao is entitled to his rank being an elected representative incorporated into the reserved force of the Philippine Army.

Likewise, the Department of National Defense (DND) said that their office also agrees with the promotion of Manny Pacquiao, noting that the boxer has brought great honor to the country.

“Ranks like this have been given to other personalities in the government, especially those who have achieved feats or great achievements like Manny Pacquiao,” DND spokesman Zosimo Jesus Paredes II was quoted on reports.

Mr. Paredes added that section 44 of Republic Act 7077 states that “election officials and presidential appointees may be commissioned into the reserve force subject to existing AFP rules and regulations.”

As noted by Acting Army spokesman Maj. Harold Cabunoc earlier on reports, the honorary doctorate degree on humanities to Pacquiao as conferred by the Southwestern University in Cebu on Feb. 18, 2009 served its purpose.

Manny Pacquiao, who is now preparing for his fight “Pacquiao vs Marquez III” this coming November 12, is currently taking up Business Management at the Notre Dame of Dadiangas in General Santos City.

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