Boxer-senator Pacquiao to run for president

20 September 2021
2021-09-20 10:25

Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao announced Sunday that he will run for president in the 2022 elections.

Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at its national convention, pledging to serve the Filipino people who he said have been waiting for a change of government. Pacquiao is the president of the PDP-Laban faction led by him and Sen.

Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III. Another faction of the party earlier this month nominated President Rodrigo Duterte to be its vice presidential candidate, and Duterte's former aide, Sen. Bong Go, as its presidential nominee.

Duterte, who is forbidden by the constitution from seeking a second six-year term, has accepted the nomination, but Go has declined to run for president.

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