Philippine senator and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao accepted the nomination of the PDP-Laban-Pacquiao faction to run for president within the 2022 Philippine elections scheduled in Might.
Within the faction’s nationwide meeting held in Quezon Metropolis on Sunday, Pacquiao ended months of hypothesis by pushing by way of together with his greatest struggle outdoors the boxing ring to this point.
“I’m a fighter and I’ll all the time be a fighter inside and outdoors the ring. In my entire life, I’ve not backed out of a struggle. As a result of within the title of precept, the nation’s satisfaction, I stand reaffirmed and robust,” Pacquiao mentioned throughout his acceptance speech.
Pacquiao, who lived a lifetime of poverty earlier than embarking on a boxing profession, mentioned it was excessive time to struggle for the poor and eradicate poverty.
He additionally warned officers of the Philippine authorities who’re corrupt, claiming they “are nearing imprisonment.”
“Your time is up! We gave you an opportunity, however you failed us. We waited for a very long time, a long time have handed, however nothing occurred,” Pacquiao mentioned.
In accordance with the Pacquiao faction of the bulk ruling social gathering, about 10,000 grassroots members attended just about.
Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs), 42, misplaced by way of unanimous choice to WBA tremendous welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas final month in Las Vegas. He was elected congressman of Sarangani in 2010 and as senator of the republic in 2016.
His boxing future was not mentioned within the nomination, nor did he choose a working mate. PDP-Laban, nevertheless, gave Pacquiao free rein to select his vice chairman and senatorial slate.
PDP-Laban’s different faction has nominated Senator Bong Go for president and President Rodrigo Duterte for vice chairman. Go, nevertheless, declined the nomination, whereas Duterte signified his intention to run for vice chairman. Underneath Philippine regulation, a sitting president can not search reelection.
Former Japanese Samar Governor Lutgardo Barbo was the opposite announcement of the social gathering, as he bids for a Senate seat. He served as Senate secretary beneath PDP-Laban nationwide chairman Koko Pimentel, when Pimentel was Senate president.
Pacquiao is the second particular person to indicate his intention to run for the very best political place within the nation. Only a few weeks in the past, fellow senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III introduced their partnership for president and vice chairman, respectively.