"Of course we are also happy that our fellow Filipino is carrying the country's name abroad but they (politicians) can show their support by merely watching TV. They don't need to go to America," Cardinal Rosales said on Radio Veritas 846.
"They should just donate the money ... to the poor."
Pacquiao is set to challenge Puerto Rican World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Miguel Cotto for the title at the MGM Grand on Nov. 14.
Tickets for the fight cost between US$150 and US$1,000. [FYI. $150 is for most Filipinos a month's worth of salary.]
Pacquiao is a sensation in the Philippines but the fight comes as thousands of his countrymen are struggling for survival in the aftermath of a string of typhoons which have hammered the country in recent weeks.
"It is not wrong to watch boxing but maybe...during this time of crisis we should think what would be the best for all of us," the cardinal said. [Some are just plain insensitive to what others are going through. Maybe power does numb your senses, your values and your entire being.]
Pacquiao, 30, of General Santos City, southern Philippines, is the favorite to win the challenge. He has been undefeated in 49 out of 54 fights, winning 37 of them by knock out.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Lorelei Fajardo told reporters on Nov. 3 that Pacquiao fans in the Cabinet did not need reminding about overspending to watch their boxing idol.
They are "mature and responsible individuals and they know what their priorities are," she said. [Are they mature and responsible? Really? If they are, then why are in such mess?]
But she said "everyone has the right to go abroad and watch Manny Pacquiao if they want to, as long as they do not compromise their jobs and their agencies." [Is this an issue of personal rights or propriety and public accountability?]
Some of Pacquiao's biggest fans in the government include Environment Secretary Joselito Atienza and Deputy National Security Adviser Luis Singson who have followed the boxer on most of his overseas matches.
In the midst of the people's suffering, some politicians really have the gall to even spend money.
For all I care, they are not there to "support" Pacquaio. They are in Vegas and what does one do in Vegas? Right. GAMBLE. They travel on tax payers money. Oh yeah. Who's to prove that they are using their own money for their air fare?
And worst of all, they are there with tax payers money, to bet on the match.
Is this how power corrupts?
I just can recall what happened here.