“I have too much work to bother with that.”
That was the reaction of Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday to questions on whether he would agree to act as a referee in a boxing bout between Pulupandan Mayor Magdaleno Pena and Rep. Ignacio Arroyo Jr. (Neg. Occ., 5th District).
Maybe the talk about the boxing bout is just being made to make the media laugh, the governor said.
Yesterday, Peña said he was writing formal letters to the governor and Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. to act as referees.
Peña said he was just responding to Arroyo’s previous challenge to fight in a press statement on April 12, 2011, where he had said “Magsie Peña seems fond of picking fights with women. Why not pick on someone your own size or, better yet, why not pick on me instead?”
Peña pointed out that Arroyo is now on medical leave in London, allegedly for treatment of his liver ailment and hip-bone replacement surgery.
He said he is sure that when Rep. Arroyo returns, he will be in fighting form and he is now accepting his challenge to a fight, “perhaps a boxing match in front of the Provincial Capitol” with Governor Marañon and Vice Governor Alvarez as the referees, and the Provincial Board Members as judges.”
Meanwhile, a statement from Bayan Negros sent by email to the DAILY STAR yesterday said that, like Zaldy Ampatuan, Peña wants to testify on the electoral fraud that took place during the 2004 elections.
It is strange, to say the least, that Peña would expose what he knew only now, several months after he engaged Arroyo and Grace Ibuna in a word war over the congressional seat in the fifth district, the statement said.
“We urge the Senate to take into consideration the fact that Peña knew, but did nothing about the cheating in the Fifth District. We urge the Senate to carefully consider if Peña should be granted protection should he decide to become a witness in the alleged poll fraud during the term of then President Arroyo,” it added.*CPG