EIGHT-division boxing world champion and senatorial aspirant Manny Pacquiao vows to give sports its due attention in the legislative branch of the government as he endorsed 1Pacman in the party list race for Congress.
“I am appealing to the voters nationwide to vote for 1Pacman this coming elections.” Pacquiao said Thursday. “1Pacman will fight for people’s interest in Congress in promoting good governance and in improving the ailing sports program in the country.“
Chosen as 1Pacman’s top nominee is businessman-sportsman Mikee Romero, a known sports patron who owns Globalport Batang Pier in the PBA.
The 1Pacman, which stands for One Patriotic Coalition of Marginalized Nationals, nominee once bankrolled the national team that handily won the 2007 Southeast Asian Games cage crown and supported teams that bagged several titlesin the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL) and the defunct Philippine Basketball League (PBL). Romero is also an accomplished polo player.
If elected, Romero said he will donate his salary for sports development and promised to tap his businessmen friends for the revival of the “godfather” system to fund national teams, particularly for the Olympics.
Apart from Pacquiao, who beat Timothy Bradley in his farewell fight on April 9 in Las Vegas, 1Pacman is being endorsed by other star athletes including two-time PBA MVP James Yap, Globalport star Terrence Romeo, Talk N Text ace Jayson Castro, Star pillar Marc Pingris and Ginebra skipper LA Tenorio.
Volleyball stars Rachel Anne Daquiz and Aby Marano are also pushing for 1Pacman in the May 9 elections.