By MB Online
Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao has urged the public to stop the hate towards broadcast journalist Karen Davila following his viral interview on ANC’s Headstart on Tuesday.
In a statement Friday, Pacquiao said he was never offended by Davila’s manner of questioning and even defended the broadcaster.
“Isa po siyang batikan sa larangan ng Broadcasting at trabaho po niya na magbigay ng mabibigat na tanong sa taong kanyang ini-interview,” the boxer-turned-senator said.
“[A]lam ko po ang mga hamon sa buhay kaya naipaliwanag ko ang aking saloobin noong ako ay nagdeliver ng speech sa Oxford University at Cambridge University na patuloy po akong natututo sa buhay,” Pacquiao said.
“I never quit and I never stop challenging myself. Kung may formal training sa boxing, may formal training din sa education,” he added.
Criticisms pointed to Davila made rounds on social media as some netizens labelled her questioning as “unprofessional” and “rude.”
During the interview, Davila asked Pacquiao’s opinions whether a candidate running for a senatorial or presidential post should have a college degree.
Pacquiao gave a thumbs up on the proposal but Davila said he may not be qualified should it become a requirement.
But Pacquiao revealed that he is currently finishing his undergraduate degree at a university in Manila but refused to give further details.
When asked where he is studying, Pacquiao jested that he will just whisper the answer after the interview.
The athlete-turned-lawmaker said he is pursuing formal education because “it is important to gain deeper knowledge and better understanding on what is happening around us.”
Meanwhile in a tweet, Davila thanked the senator for his statement.
— Karen Davila (@iamkarendavila) February 22, 2019