Headed for Senate, Manny Pacquiao urges nation to unite behind new President
Manny Pacquiao is running eighth in the senatorial race. Snow Badua

MANNY Pacquiao joined the call to unite in support of the incoming president at the end of what had been a 2016 national elections.

Pacquiao, the boxing legend turned public servant who is currently running eighth in the senatorial race, posted on his Instagram account a message of thanks to his supporters as well as his appeal to the nation and all candidates to set aside politics and unite in support of the new administration to help make the country better.

"Nananawagan po ako sa lahat ng mga kandidato at sa buong sambayanang Pilipino. Napapanahon na rin na isantabi natin ang pulitika. Sana ay maging simbulo ang ating bagong Pangulo ng pagkakaisa ng bawat Pilipino at ako ay nananawagan na suportahan natin ang pagpasok ng bagong administrasyon, dahil hangad natin ang pagbabago tungo sa matiwasay na pamumuhay at maunlad na bansa," wrote the Sarangani congressman, who ran for a Senate post under the United Nationalist Alliance bannered by Vice President Jejomar Binay.

As of 2:45 p.m. on May 10, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte widened his lead in the presidential race to more than six million votes. His closest opponent, Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas, has already conceded defeat and wished Duterte success as of 1 p.m.

To his supporters, Pacquiao expressed his heart-felt gratitude for their trust.

"Ako at ang aking buong pamilya ay taos-pusong nagpapasalamat sa sambayanang Pilipino sa walang-sawang pagsuporta at pagtitiwala. Mahal ko po kayong lahat at nawa'y patnubayan po tayong lahat ng ating Mahal na Panginoon," said Pacquiao.

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