Philippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao has revealed that he will run for president in his country’s next elections next year. This will not be the boxing legend’s first time in politics, with the athlete having been a senator since 2016. Pacquiao was nominated to run for the current ruling PDP Laban party in their last national assembly.
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Incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte isn’t allowed another term, but was nominated by a rival party to run for vice-president. Rodrigo stated that him winning the vice-president position will lead to him not being prosecuted. His daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio could end up being Pacquiao’s opponent but that will not stop him from entering the political race.
In an Instagram post in which he announced that he accepted the nomination, the boxer said “Today, I boldly accept the challenge of running as PRESIDENT of the Republic of the Philippines, with a message to those who are taking advantage of the Filipino people: YOUR TIME IS UP!” He also had this to say “We need government to serve our people with integrity, compassion and transparency. The time is now. We are ready to rise to the challenge of leadership.”