From a Boxing Icon to the Philippines Presidential candidate: Manny Pacquiao leads the way.
News Published by NRI Herald Australia 20 September 2021
Philippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao says he is to run for president in next year's election.
He was nominated as a candidate by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban. On top of a glittering career as a fighter, Mr Pacquiao, 42, is a senator in the Philippines' parliament but he might be the next President of Philippines in the upcoming elections of 2022.
Incumbent Rodrigo Duterte is barred from another term but has been picked by a rival party faction to run for vice-president, a move critics say is an attempt to cling to power.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to stand as vice-president
He was selected to run alongside a close ally, Christopher "Bong" Go, but Mr Go says he does not want to succeed Mr Duterte. While his party says it wants Mr Go to reconsider his decision, his rejection of the nomination has led to suggestions that President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio could join him on the ticket.
As a boxer, Mr Pacquiao won world titles in an unprecedented eight different weight divisions. He lost his most recent bout against a Cuban opponent and said he was considering retiring.
In the latest report by BBC : while accepting accepting the nomination, Manny said:
"I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring."
In the latest tweet by Mr Pacquiao said:
I boldly accept the challenge of running as PRESIDENT of the Philippines. We need progress. We need to win against poverty. We need government to serve our people with integrity, compassion and transparency. The time is now. I am ready to rise to the challenge of leadership.
As per sources, Pacquiao’s faction has not expressed support for Duterte’s vice-presidential bid. Despite his popularity, Pacquiao trails the frontrunners in opinion polls that have been topped consistently by Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio.