By Hannah L. Torregoza
Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Sunday (March 19) urged Sen. Manny Pacquiao to heed the views of the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) which rejected his proposal for the creation of a separate boxing commission.
Drilon said he hopes the boxing icon-turned-senator “can lend an ear” to the experts in sports development who have been in the forefront of protecting the country’s professional athletes “long before he became a boxing champ.”
The veteran lawmaker made the call a few days after he interpellated Pacquiao on his Senate Bill No. 1306 which seeks to create a separate Philippine Boxing Commission and whose supervision is under the Office of the President.
“In a deliberative body such as the Senate, we will be more effective as legislators if we keep an open mind to other ideas and proposals,” Drilon said.
“Senator Pacquiao should not take it against me or the GAB if we express a different view about his proposed measure,” he added.
Drilon reiterated there is no need for another commission as reforms can be implemented within the GAB, which currently handles at least 22 various professional sports.
Drilon said he and the GAB acknowledged that additional protection should be given to local boxers, but that has to be done “in a manner that is consistent with our laws, in a manner that is fair to all professional athletes and not only the boxers, and most importantly, in a manner that will not unnecessarily bloat the bureaucracy.”
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