The face-off happened after neophyte Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao sponsored a resolution on the floor, commending and honoring Filipino weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz for winning a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
After Pacquiao’s sponsorship speech, Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon stood up and asked the neophyte senator if he could entertain some questions.
But the boxing icon was apparently hesitant to take questions from the vetaran senator.
“Bakit ayaw mo? Madali lang, Madali lang Manny. Isang question lang dali. Katuwaan lang (Why don’t you want? It would be easy, many. It’s just one question. It’s just for fun),” Drilon was heard off-mic telling the neophyte senator.
After prodding by some colleagues, Pacquiao returned to the floor and said: “Mr. President, I’m willing to yield (to some questions from my colleague) if he can survive three rounds.”
Pacquiao’s remark elicited laughter from the gallery.
It turned out later that Drilon just simply wanted to ask Pacquaio if he was willing to give Diaz cash incentives from his own pocket. After all, the Senate has approved Drilon’s motion to give the silver medalist a cash incentive from the savings of the chamber.
“Mr. President, our colleague Senator Pacquiao has also brought honor to our country…We also recognized Senator Pacquiao for his achievements in the field of boxing. Apart from that, Senator Pacquiao has also been known for his generosity…” said Drilon.