Manny Pacquiao to run for president next year

Sep 19, 2021
PHOTO: Jerome Ascano

MANNY Pacquiao has accepted his party's nomination, and will run for president next year.

"I will accept," the 42-year-old simply said during a party general assembly convened today.

Ending months of speculation, the next moves of boxer-politician Pacquiao are now clear, as a faction of PDP-Laban nominated him as the party's presidential nominee.

This branch of the PDP-Laban, led by Koko Pimentel, son of party founder Nene Pimentel, has put forward Pacquiao's name for the 2022 national elections. Pacquiao accepted the nomination in the general assembly, gathered under the theme "Man of Destiny: For God and Country."

No vice president has been named by PDP-Laban.

Earlier this month, a separate faction had named President Rodrigo Duterte as its vice presidential bet. Senator Bong Go, meanwhile, declined the presidential nomination.

Pacquiao, fresh from his defeat at the hands of Cuba's Yordenis Ugas in Las Vegas, had, before today's national assembly, been cagey in his forthcoming plans.

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