Pacman-Lagman 'match' gets web buzzing
MANILA, Philippines - Some social media accounts operated like fight announcers when Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao joined the plenary debates on the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill on Wednesday.
On the red corner was Pacquiao, a vocal critic of the measure. He interpellated pro-RH bill lawmakers, to the anticipation of internet users nationwide.
On the purple corner, it was House Minority Floor Leader and principal sponsor of the RH Bill, Rep. Edcel Lagman of Albay.
For some who seemed to have overdosed on Photoshop, the match-up reminded them of the video game Street Fighter, complete with the choice of Mayon Volcano as the background.
But for many, it was like a headliner in a top pay-per-view boxing event: a veteran lawmaker against a younger one.
An in-depth article from ABS-CBN reporter RG Cruz likened the debate to the recently concluded Pacquiao-Shane Mosley fight, but in this case, Pacquiao was the one running away.
The article says, "there were no quick series of argumentative punches, no strength in his arguments, no intense follow-up questions".
One Twitter user also thinks so: @ellobofilipino says the Pacman took a couple of steps back from Lagman's punches.
And when the debate finished, John Carlo Cahinhinan thought, it was Pacquiao who was knocked out!
Online satirist HecklerForever, however, thought the exchange was more of a beauty pageant than a boxing match. He tweeted: that concludes our Q&A portion; next up: the evening gown competition.
Others had the hour-long debate summarized in about 15 seconds, using the Pokemon meme.
The video assumed the two debaters were Pokemons, who were using their powers in battle.
The caption was supposed to reflect the online chatter.
"Pacquiao uses experience!, But it's not very effective"/ "Pacquiao uses religion!, Pacquiao is hurt by the backlash!" / "Lagman uses statistics!, It's super-effective!"
But after the smoke cleared and the final bell rang, maybe it's important to remember the final word on ANC's World Tonight last Wednesday: "Life's a game, all you have to do is know how to play it."