First off, a significant majority of the people believe that Arroyo and Garci stole the elections, and that she should step down. Impeachment is another constitutional way to remove her from office. Unless Manny prefers an overthrow of the government ala edsa dos.
Second, the reason why there's no pork for her district is because she's with the opposition and she voted to transmit the impeachment complaint to the senate, Manny. I guess maam doesn't believe in accountability. But she believes in getting back at her critics by withholding the money for their districts.
But don't worry Manny, kahit na walang natatanggap na pork si Darlene for the last two years, she was still able to raise enough money for the people in her district.
The boxer had earlier lamented what he called the lack of development in General Santos City, simply because Custodio's politics had been getting in the way of the pork barrel.
But even without the allocation, Custodio said she was performing a more important role in standing up against the Arroyo administration.
"I am the voice of my constituents," she said.
This is not to say, however, that the lawmaker was all talk.
In the absence of the pork barrel, she said she still managed to raise more than P1.5 billion worth of development projects in General Santos City. She noted that this amount easily dwarfed the congressional Priority Development Assistance Fund, which is around P60 million annually.
Custodio said the projects, intended to expand the fish port in the area, were effectively insulated from possible interference by Malacañang because they are foreign-funded.
Last year, she negotiated a project with the National Irrigation Administration, but the government-owned agency later withdrew from the project allegedly because of Custodio's intense criticism of Ms Arroyo.
Pero sa issue naman ng pagtakbo ni Pacquiao, i've already gave my opinion here. Kung gusto talaga siyang patakbuhin ng Arroyo administration para patalsikin si Darlene, then that's his choice.
But I doubt he can concentrate on both his boxing career (which by all recent indications he is not yet ready to give up) and his potential new career as administration Congressman. May magsu-suffer diyan. I agree with 91% of the public na he should concentrate on boxing na lang for now. People of South Cotobato who don't want to see manny pacquiao get sullied or used for dirty politics by Mike Arroyo and Chavit Singson, and want their idol to concentrate boxing, should vote for Darlene.
Kasi pagdating sa boxing, Manny is pretty much his own man. God given ang boxing talent niya. He knows what he is doing inside the ring against the opponent.
Pero pagdating naman sa political ring at local issues, the guy obviously needs help. And he is getting help. But relying on the corrupting influence of Mike Arroyo's handlers to pull the strings behind the scenes may not be the best for everyone.
UPDATE: Man, Manny Pacquiao has made some questionable and reckless personal decisions in the past. Great boxer, but horrible decision maker.
UPDATE: Before deciding on becoming a candidate for congressman, Manny Pacquiao, with Lito Atienza's prodding, considered running for vice mayor of Manila first, to boost Ali Atienza's popularity and chances against the frontrunner candidate Ping Lacson. Ali Atienza is Lito A's son.
So, hindi first choice ni Manny ang South Cotobato.
UPDATE: Sabi ni Schumey: "He may be a brilliant boxer but a lousy person."
There's some truth to that.