Thursday, November 19, 2009

What elective position is Pacquiao qualified to run for?

Manny Pacquiao’s systematic demolition of Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto last Sunday came at the onset of the national elections.
This early, many political parties and politicians are egging Manny Pacquiao to run for a national elective office.
It seems Manny has been asked to run for all national elective position except perhaps, the presidency.
Is Manny Pacquiao qualified to run for any of the national elective positions in the coming May elections?
The answer is no, due to his age.
Manny Pacquiao will only be thirty one years old later this year.
Manny Pacquiao’s listed birthdate is December 17, 1978.
Manny Pacquiao is neither qualified to run for President, Vice President or Senator.
But Manny Pacquiao is right on the dot, in his quest to become congressman.
He is qualified to run for congressman
It think this is what he intends to do.
I also think he has better chances of winning, this time.

Constitutional qualifications 101.

Not for President (yet) for Manny Pacquiao.
Under the constitution Section 2 Article VII, it says No person may be elected President unless he is forty years of age on the day of the election.
Not for Vice President either.
I have already heard some quarters publicly endorsing Manny Pacquiao to run for vice president.
But Manny Pacquiao is also not yet qualified to run for vice president in the coming May elections.
Under Section 3, Article VII of the constitutional, it says “there shall be a vice president who shall have the same qualifications and term of office and be elected with and in the same manner as the president.”
It is clear that the candidate for vice president must have the same qualifications as that of the candidate for president.
That means, the vice president must also be forty years of age on the day of the election.
With these constitutional qualifications, Manny Pacquiao cannot run for president or vice president. Not until 2022.
Neither for senator (yet) for Manny.
Manny Pacquiao also cannot run for senator in next years elections.
Despite this, I saw many Pacquiao named flashed as one of the possible senatorial candidates for the administration party.
Under Section 3 Article VI of the constitution, it says no person shall be a senator unless he is, on the day of the election, at least thirty five years of age.
Since Manny will only be thirty one years old in May 2010, he cannot run for senator yet. Not even in 2013.
But Manny is qualified to run for congressman.
Under Section 6, Article VII, it says no person shall be a member of the house of representatives unless he is, on the day of the election, at least twenty-five years of age.
I guess Manny will be running for congressman.
This could be another victory for the boxing champ.
But it is his victory against Floyd Mayweather Jr. that excites me.
Better still, I'm would also be excited to see if Pacman get survive that knock-out wallop by Jinkee, because of Krista.

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