Punch drunk: Pacquiao caught like a fish in the mouth with his lies

The wits of this guy have long left his brain, what with the thousands and thousands of powerful blows to his head that he received during a two-decade career in boxing. He has lost the most basic reasoning, and he talks without even knowing he is now sounding like the fool in the town square. That’s what is happening to Senator Manny Pacquiao now.

On Friday, Pacquiao, perhaps stung by insults that his “corruption bombshell” were nothing but “watusi”, the fighting Senator from Sarangani vowed he will show video and audio recordings to prove his allegations that corruption had worsened three-fold during the Duterte administration.

The bravado with which Pacquiao made that statement is quickly melted by the saying that “a fish is caught by its mouth.” That he vowed to present video and audio recordings is an acknowledgment that the piles of bond paper on his desk when he held a virtual press conference two weeks ago were nothing but plain bond paper. There was nothing in those bundles that can prove his allegations.

Indeed, if those “props” on his desk top were evidence of the corruption he was talking about, Pacquiao wouldn’t even need to say anything else. Res ipsa loquitor, as the Latin maxim goes. Let the thing speak for itself. Corruption is best proven with documentary evidence. Testimonial evidence will still need to be corroborated by documents. Otherwise, such statements amount to nothing but hearsay.

Nevertheless, let me rebutt his latest statement –

Why will he wait for when he comes back from his bout against Errol Spence, Jr scheduled on August 21, 2021 to present the video and audio recordings he has in his possession? Why didn’t he reveal these during his press conference last July 3?

Video and audio recording?

This is the first time somebody hurling serious accusations wants to present video and audio recordings as evidence. And why would he hitch the condition about whether he will be permitted to disclose such video and audio recordings? Is this the testimony of a whistle-blower? Another “Bikoy” perhaps?

Seriously, I got lost when he said “video AND audio recordings”. Even children, in this age of the smartphone, know that audio necessarily comes with the video. The era of “silent movies” is long gone. Or is he saying that aside from video (with audio), he has in his possession audio recordings that detail the alleged corruption by other whistle-blowers.

But doesn’t Pacquiao know that such video and audio recordings are not admissible as evidence absent a proper authentication as to who made such statements? “Bikoy” is still fresh in our minds, and it is far too easy to manufacture so-called digital recordings with the technology that is now abundantly available.

If Pacquiao believes Filipinos are so gullible that such a tall-tale will gain credence, then he is dead wrong. It wasn’t too long ago when former Senator Antonio Trillanes came up with a series of videos by somebody calling himself “Bikoy” to hurl serious charges of involvement in illegal drugs by close family members of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. How many times do we have to encounter such cheap tricks to be forewarned?

I suggest Pacquiao use his time in the U.S. to consult with neurosurgeons and have his brain checked. The symptoms of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), or the punch-drunk syndrome, are becoming more apparent as time marches on. There’s time for him to cancel his fight with Spence and avoid a worsening of his mental condition.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

2 Responses to Punch drunk: Pacquiao caught like a fish in the mouth with his lies

  1. Higgs says:

    Nice one sir. Keep it up and more power.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Belle says:

    I really admire your intelligence sir. Keep up the good work. You’re doing well. God bless you always.

    Liked by 1 person

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