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Manny Pacquiao supports P125 wage hike with marked boxing gloves, signs House Bill 375

By on Jun 14, 2011 in Asia, Local, Politics Comments

Manila, Philippines – World boxing champion and Saranggani Congressman Manny Pacquiao supported the call for a P125-wage hike in the country on Tuesday, June 14, 2011.

Manny Pacquiao supports P125 wage hike bill
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As noted on local news sites, Pacquiao wore a pair of marked boxing gloves in support for House Bill 375 or the P125 across-the-board wage hike bill in the 14th Congress.

“Ako rin ay naging ordinaryong manggagawa. Naging welder, service boy, nagbenta ng balot at sampaguita, nagtra-trabaho sa kakarampot na kita.” Pacquiao was quoted as saying in a press conference with labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and Anakpawis party-list on Tuesday.

(I was once an ordinary laborer. I worked as a welder, service boy, a “balot” and sampaguita vendor, and earned very small amount of money)

“Hindi naging madali ang buhay kaya naiintindihan ko ang inyong laban,” Pacquiao added, who is now being considered as one of the world’s richest athletes.

(Life was never easy which is why I understand your fight)

On the same day, Pacquiao co-authored House Bill 375, whose main author is labor group Anakpawis party-list Rep. Rafael Mariano, notably the poorest member of the House of Representatives.

“We expect him to work with us for the passage of HB 375. Granting a significant, legislated wage increase is a concrete step to uplift the situation and condition of ordinary wage and salary earners,” Mariano told the reports.

On the other hand, KMU chairman Elmer “Bong” Labog also welcomed Pacquiao’s support and admired the boxer-congressman for using his popularity to help for the benefit of the poor.

Meanwhile, business groups such as the Employers Confederation of the Philippines are strongly against the P125-wage hike bill, noting that it will affect the economic growth and may later cause increase in unemployment rate.

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