Manny Pacquiao Will Run For PRESIDENT Of The Philippines In 2022 If Great Boxer Accepts Nomination
Manny Pacquiao will run for PRESIDENT of the Philippines in 2022 if former champion boxer accepts nomination from his PDP-Laban party
- Manny Pacquiao last entered the boxing ring in August, losing to Yordenis Ugas
- A month later, the multi-talented great boxer announced a presidential run
- pacquiao has already served as a senator in the Philippines in his political career
- However, President Duterte’s daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio leads the polls
Manny Pacquiao has revealed he will run from the president of the Philippines next year, less than a month after losing in the boxing ring to Yordenis Ugas.
The 42-year-old hates government corruption in his home country and what he calls a cozy relationship between President Rodrigo Duterte and China.
Pacquiao accepted the nomination from his political allies at the PDP-Laban party’s national assembly, days after a rival faction nominated Duterte’s longtime aide, Senator Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, as a presidential candidate.
Manny Pacquiao has accepted PDP-Laban Party nomination to run for president
The former eight-division champion was knocked out in the ring in August by Yordenis Ugas
Duterte was nominated as vice president, a move critics called a cynical ploy by the 76-year-old to maintain power.
Go declined the nomination, but the rift between Pacquiao and Duterte’s factions has escalated.
“I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter in and out of the ring,” Pacquiao, 42, a senator, said in a speech streamed live at the meeting. “I accept your nomination as a candidate for the presidency of the Republic of the Philippines.”
Pacquiao’s faction has expressed no support for Duterte’s vice presidential bid, and the Philippine constitution is blocking him for a second six-year term.
President Duterte can’t run for a new term, but his daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio (right) can
Pacquiao has served as a senator and has gradually turned to politics rather than boxing
Pacquiao, one of the greatest boxers of all time and the only man to hold world titles in eight different divisions, gained an army of support during his 26-year professional career.
Despite the star’s popularity, he follows the frontrunners in polls consistently topped by Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio.
In July, Pacquiao was voted out as PDP-Laban leader, weeks after challenging Duterte over his stance on China and its anti-corruption reputation, but his departure was rejected by his group.
Pacquiao, once a close ally of Duterte, had said more than 10 billion pesos (£145 million) in pandemic aid for poor families was missing, adding that this was just one discovery in his planned corruption investigation.
The great fighter held world championship belts in eight different divisions, a record
His crusade against corruption comes as the Senate opened an investigation into alleged overprices of medical supplies and equipment purchased under the government’s pandemic response program.
Duterte challenged Pacquiao to name corrupt government offices to prove the boxer wasn’t just politicking before the election.
Pacquiao responded by warning of jail time for corrupt government officials: ‘Your time is up!’