MANILA, Philippines - With his accomplishments that brought honor to the country, Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao will be promoted to lieutenant colonel by the Philippine Army, an official said today.
Col. Antonio Parlade Jr., acting chief of the Army's public affairs office, said the promotion is now being processed by the military.
"It will be completed within the year," Parlade said as the Army gave a testimonial review to the Filipino boxing champion.
Parlade said that aside from his latest victory over American Sugar Shane Mosley, Pacquiao is qualified for the promotion being an elected official.
At present, Pacquaio has a rank of Senior Master Sergeant in the Army's Reserve Force.
Only in the Philippines can a rich man be promoted from a Senior Master Sergeant (enlisted in the USA) to a Lt Colonel (Officer in the USA) without working his way up. That is 7 ranks he was able to jump, all from winning over an man whos boxing career was over before the fight ever started.
You have got to be joking. So here you go, a younger boxer beats an older worn out boxer, and his country and his government promote him to Lieutenant Colonel, what has he done to earn this rank. To me this would be a slap in the face of all those officer that are working very hard to get promoted to Lt C. Just because your a elected official, does that really warrant a promotion? I don't think I would want this man to lead me into combat, just due to the fact, he is a boxer, and elected official. Goes to show the rich help the rich, and the poor, well you have to work for what ever you can get, and hope one day you make it to the top.
Well good luck with the new promotion Mr Pacman.