Manny Pacquiao will run for president of the Philippines in the upcoming elections

Manny Pacquiao

Manila, Philippines — The boxer Manny Pacquiao stated next year after blasting the government and President Rodrigo Duterte‘s “cozy” connection with China, he will run for president of the Philippines.

One of the greatest boxists of all times and the only man holding world titles in eight divisions, during the National Assembly of the ruling PDP-Laban party, Manny Pacquiao agreed to nominate his political allies, the long-standing assistant of Christopher “Bong” Go, as its presidential candidate after the rival faction nominated him.

Duterte was named the vice president of this faction, a move critics labeled Duterte’s cynical effort to maintain power. The constitution forbids Duterte to seek as president for a second six-year term.

Go refused the nomination, but the gulf between the forces of Pacquiao and Duterte grew.

“I’m a fighter and I’m always going to be a fighter inside and outside the ring,” declared Senator Pacquiao in an active address at the meeting. “To that end, I am accepting your nomination as a potential Philippine presidential candidate.”

The Group of Pacquiao did not support the vice-presidential bid of Duterte.

Despite its popularity, Pacquiao tracks leading figures in opinion polls, which Duterte’s daughter, Sara Duterte-Carpio, routinely overlooks.

In July, Pacquiao was voted out as leader of PDP-Laban, weeks after Duterte was challenged over his position in China and the war against corruption records, but his removal was rejected by his group.

Pacquiao, previously a close supporter of Duterte, alleged that more than 10 billion pesos (£145m) was not covered in pandemic support for impoverished families.

The Senate is opening a survey on the purported price of medical supplies and equipment purchased under the government’s pandemic response project.

Duterte challenged Pacquiao to call corrupt state agencies to establish that the boxer was not only politicking before the elections.

Pacquiao countered prison warnings for corrupt members of government. “Your time is finished,” he said.

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