Although he hasn’t personally confirmed his intent to run as president in the next elections, Senator Manny Pacquiao said on Monday (May 3) that the seat is something every politician dreams about.
In a recent online press interview, the fighter-turned-politician compared his political career to his humble beginning as a boxer from General Santos City.
“Noong nag-boxing kasi ako, hindi ako nag-boxing para maging 4 rounder, para maging 10 rounder. Nag-boxing ako para mag world champion,” Pacquiao shared.
Kahit sinong politiko kahit barangay captain lang, nangangarap ‘yan maging presidente,” he added.
Though not opposed to the idea of running for the presidency, Pacquiao has refused to confirm his official stand on the matter.
According to the eight-division world champion, discussion about the 2022 Presidential Elections is not something he wants to participate in at the moment.
In March, Pacquiao urged members of his party PDP-Laban to focus on the issue at hand, which is the coronavirus pandemic, instead of politics.
However, if given the chance to be president, Pacquiao said he’ll do his best to fill in the post. He mentioned that his focus as the Philippines’ top executive will be to curb corruption in the government.
“‘Yung pagiging presidente o pagtakbo, anointed by God ‘yan. Kung sino man ilalagay sa posisyon na ‘yan, ‘yan ay kagustuhan ng Panginoon. Kung ako ang ilalagay ng Panginoon diyan, gagampanan ko ang trabaho ko,” he stressed.
“Kung ako ang ilalagay diyan . . . Tapos na maligayang araw ng mga kawatan sa gobyerno. ‘Yan ang itaga sa bato,” Pacquiao added.
While Pacquiao has yet to confirm his candidacy, two of his colleagues from the senate chamber have backed claims that he’s vying for the top post next year, specifically Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.
In Pulse Asia’s latest presidential survey, Pacquiao is the fifth most preferred presidential candidate for 2022. Meanwhile, he’s the second most favored candidate in the vice-presidential poll.
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