In the campaign period preceding the general elections of 2004, the Liberal Party put out an ad that said: “Several candidates have managed to reduce the election to a plethora of sound-bites and entertainment numbers. With nothing but popularity as a qualification, these candidates have managed to enchant some of our countrymen to misguidedly place their hopes for deliverance on ill-equipped celebrities and folk heroes. We in the Liberal Party reject the politics of entertainment and pure popularity that offer no concrete program of government.”
That was a dig at Gloria Arroyo’s hand-picked senatorial candidates ‘s Bong Revilla, Lito Lapid, and Robert Jaworski. Now, some members of the Liberal Party are enticing Manny Pacquiao to join the party by offering him a slot in its senatorial slate for 2016. That is politics of pure popularity that offer no concrete program of government. Pacquiao has attended only six sessions (including the one last Monday) of the House of Representatives and tax amounting to more than P2 billion has been due from him for two years now.