Philippine senator and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao accepted the nomination of the PDP-Laban-Pacquiao faction to run for president in the 2022 Philippine elections scheduled in May.
In the faction’s national assembly held in Quezon City on Sunday, Pacquiao ended months of speculation by pushing through with his biggest fight outside the boxing ring thus far.
“I am a fighter and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring. In my whole life, I have not backed out of a fight. Because in the name of principle, the nation’s pride, I stand reaffirmed and strong,” Pacquiao said during his acceptance speech.
Pacquiao, who lived a life of poverty before embarking on a boxing career, said it was high time to fight for the poor and eradicate poverty.
He also warned officials of the Philippine government who are corrupt, claiming they “are nearing imprisonment.”
“Your time is up! We gave you a chance, but you failed us. We waited for a long time, decades have passed, but nothing happened,” Pacquiao said.
According to the Pacquiao faction of the majority ruling party, about 10,000 grassroots members attended virtually.
Pacquiao (62-8-2, 39 KOs), 42, lost via unanimous decision to WBA super welterweight champion Yordenis Ugas last 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 discussed in the nomination, nor did he pick a running mate. PDP-Laban, however, gave Pacquiao free rein to pick his vice president and senatorial slate.
PDP-Laban’s other faction has nominated Senator Bong Go for president and President Rodrigo Duterte for vice president. Go, however, declined the nomination, while Duterte signified his intention to run for vice president. Under Philippine law, a sitting president cannot seek reelection.
Former Eastern Samar Governor Lutgardo Barbo was the other announcement of the party, as he bids for a Senate seat. He served as Senate secretary under PDP-Laban national chairman Koko Pimentel, when Pimentel was Senate president.
Pacquiao is the second individual to signify his intention to run for the highest political position in the country. Just a few weeks ago, fellow senators Panfilo Lacson and Vicente Sotto III announced their partnership for president and vice president, respectively.
- Zimbabwe's Mugabe Could Rule Until Aged 99 After Party Nominates Him for 2018 Elections
- Manny Pacquiao was KOd by Rustico Torrecampo, who later became a fugitive wanted for murder - where is he now?
- Libertarians view Amash as potential 2020 game changer for party
- Elizabeth Warren Says She Would Accept Vice President Role if Asked by Biden
- What Elizabeth Warren, Stacy Abrams, Kamala Harris, Gretchen Whitmer and Others Have Said About Becoming Joe Biden's Vice President
- Democrats expect 'in-person convention,' party chairman says
- Elizabeth Warren says she'd serve as Biden's vice president if he asked
- Raut attacks Governor for delay in Uddhav’s nomination as MLC
- The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump may exert unprecedented power on nominees
- Ferraro and Palin: What it meant to have a woman running mate then — what it means for Biden now
- Moon’s ruling DP wins landslide in legislative polls
- Schumer predicts bailout deal today
- Joe Biden is the most popular Democrat running against Donald Trump. Here's why he might not win
- Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: April 7-8
- Armed conflicts in East Sea will be disastrous
- Here’s The SXSW 2020 Festival Slate To Launch On Prime Video April 27
- How Saudi Arabia's religious project transformed Indonesia
- SXSW-Amazon Virtual Fest Sets Slim Lineup for April 27 Launch
- Coronavirus latest: EU leaders hold video summit over economic woes
- Coronavirus latest: EU leaders want large recovery fund, stall on details
Manny Pacquiao accepts party nomination for Philippine presidency have 590 words, post on abcnews.go.com at September 19, 2021. This is cached page on Europe Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.