MANNY Pacquiao is still undecided on the career path he’ll be taking by 2016.
That is, Pacquiao the politician and not the boxing champ.
The two-time congressman of Sarangani Province clarified he has yet to decide on whether to seek a higher position or not in next year’s national elections.
Even prior to his 12-round megafight against Floyd Mayweather Jr, Pacquiao is already rumored to be eyeing a seat in the Senate, a national position which many believe will be used by the boxing legend as platform in his reported desire to seek the highest position in the land seven years from now.
But talking like an experienced public servant, the 36-year-old Pacquiao said he’s more focus on playing his role as congressman in the next 12 months prior to the next elections, in order to serve more his constituents in Sarangani.
“Nasa 2015 pa lang tayo, kaya ipagpapatuloy ko muna ang serbisyo sa mga tao,” said Pacquiao as he was asked about his political plan during the press briefing that followed his arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2 early Wednesday morning from Los Angeles.
“Wala pa. Hindi pa ako nakakapag-decide sa ganyang mga posisyon sa politika (Senate seat). Ang focus ko ay `yung posisyon ko as a congressman. Isang taon pa bago ang election, marami pa akong mabibigyan ng tulong sa mga kababayan ko especially sa Sarangani province,” he added.
What’s certain is wife Jinkee Pacquiao’s decision not to seek re-election as vice-governor of Sarangani.
The 36-year-old legendary boxer admitted Jinkee is having a hard time doing public service and taking care of the growing Pacquiao family, who added another member a year ago following the birth of baby Israel – the fifth child for the celebrated couple.
“Ayaw niya ng tumakbo kasi nakakapagod,” bared Pacquiao. “Nawawalan siya ng time sa mga bata, sa business namin, at sa pamilya. Gusto niya magpahinga na lang.”
As for his reported plan to seek the presidency in 2022 as mentioned no less by his promoter Bob Arum, Pacquiao said it hasn’t entered his mind. Not yet, anyway.
“Wala sa isipan ko 'yan,” was his quick reply.
But Pacquiao did not deny his desire to help the Filipino people which he can fully fulfilled by being a public servant.
“Pinag-iisipan ko lahat 'yan,” he stressed. “Kaming pamilya wala kaming hangad kundi ang tumulong sa tao. Hindi naman natin puwedeng hindian `yung mga tao, kaya kinukunsidera din namin 'yan.”