Macau, China – Filipino world boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao confirmed to reporters today that he has set his eyes – and fists – on the Philippine presidency when the 6-year term of incumbent president Noynoy Aquino comes to an end. Pacquiao is currently serving as a Congressman representing his hometown district of Sarangani.
Pacquiao, whose last title bout ended with him being knocked out by challenger Juan Miguel Marquez, faces Brandon Rios of the United States tonight in a title fight.
Paquiao will be the first boxer ever to run for head of state. The Philippines has had its share of non-politicians running for elective positions. Former president Joseph Estrada, now mayor of Manila, was a movie actor. Many Philippine legislators, provincial governors and city mayors, are also actors, entertainers and journalists.
Asked what his top priorities will be if elected president, Pacquiao said that his first order of business would be to convert the Cultural Center of the Philippines to a national karaoke center and the National Assembly Building (Batasang Pambansa) to the “Boxing Center for Asia.” Aside from boxing, Pacquiao’s other passion is singing.
As for his chances of winning the elections, Pacquiao said he is confident that the Filipino electorate will see his honest intentions to lead the country. “It’s definitely not about accumulating wealth, unlike many politicians. I already have lots and lots of money.”
Pacquiao’s mother, Aling Dionisia, was apparently delighted at her son’s announcement. “I don’t mind being called Queen Mum,” she exclaimed in her native Visayan dialect.
Vatican City, Rome – For his simplicity and humility, for his compassion for the sick and the handicapped, for reaching out to atheists and to gay men and women, Pope Francis continues to amaze Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Never has the Vatican seen such a radical departure from the centuries-old precepts of the Roman Curia.
In an exclusive audience with The Adobo Chronicles, the spiritual leader of the Roman Catholic Church revealed that since his election to the papacy, he has been reading one version of the New Testament, and one version only: Da Jesus Book.
Da Jesus Book is a Hawaiian version of the New Testament and is written in Hawaiian Pidgin. While many versions of the New Testament exist – the most popular version of which is the King James version – not all come with the Vatican’s imprimatur. Neither does Da Jesus Book version. But the fact that it is the version that’s on the night stand in Pope Francis’ bedroom at his apartment shows the Pontiff’s liking for the book. The Pope is known for his passion for languages and Da Jesus Book might be his way of mastering Hawaiian pidgin.
Asked what his favorite New Testament quote is, Pope Francis said: “Mark :3, 1-6.” It is the story of Jesus entering the synagogue on Sabbath Day and healing a man with a withered hand.
Here are the Hawaiian pidgin and standard English versions:
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