Congressman Manny Pacquaio now holds a new and higher position in the military reserve force. His rank in the Army reserve force has stepped a notch higher from Senior Master Sergeant to Lieutenant Colonel.
The announcement was made last Friday by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). According to the AFP, the document pertaining to Pacquiao’s commissionship was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa under the authority of President Noynoy Aquino.
However, some experts in the field questioned the AFP’s decision to promote Pacquiao as Lieutenant Colonel on the basis that Paquiao was missing one requirement. Experts pointed out that according to the provisions stated under Republic Act 7077 or the AFP Reservist Act of 1991, in order to be promoted to that position, one must have a college degree.
On the other hand, AFP stated that they have taken into consideration Pacquiao’s honorary doctorate degree on humanities given by the Southwestern University in Cebu in 2009, thus, his promotion as Lieutenant Colonel in Army Reserve Force.
Meanwhile, in an interview yesterday morning with AFP officials in Umagang kay Ganda’s Punto Por Punto by Anthony Taberna, they revealed that Manny Pacquiao personally applied to be enlisted as Lieutenant Colonel.
If the above statement was true enough, the question is, does Manny Pacquiao really need it? Pacquiao already carries quite a number of badges under his name; he no longer needs to prove anything by attaching his name to different titles—pound for pound king, Pinoy champ, Filipino pride, Saranggani congressman, and now, AFP reserve force Lieutenant Colonel.
For many Filipinos, Pacquiao’s legacy as a Pinoy boxer is already sufficient enough for him to be hailed as country’s pride.
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