MANILA, Philippines (AP) – Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president in the 2022 elections.
Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at his national convention on Sunday, saying the Filipino people were waiting for a change of government.
“I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter in and out of the ring,” Pacquiao, 42, said in his speech.
“We need a government to serve our people with honesty, compassion and transparency,” he said.
Pacquiao is the chairman of the PDP-Laban faction led by him and Sen. Aquilino “Coco” Pimentel III.
Another faction of the same party earlier this month nominated President Rodrigo Duterte as its vice-president and Duterte’s former ally, San Bong Go, as its presidential candidate.
Duterte, who is forbidden by the constitution from seeking a second six-year term, has accepted the nomination, but Gou has refused to run for president.
Duterte has led a brutal campaign against illegal drugs, and said he would “prefer to die first” before facing an international tribunal last week, the day the International Criminal Court announced that he would be convicted of crimes against humanity. Will investigate the allegations, which are connected with the action. thousands dead.
Pacquiao has accused the administration of his former ally, Duterte, of worsening corruption in the Philippines.
To critics who questioned his qualifications, the renowned boxer has said that his experience of personal hardships will better prepare him to understand the suffering of the people and fight poverty and corruption.
“All my life, I have never held back from any fight,” Pacquiao said.
He warned politicians he held responsible for corruption would “soon end up in jail together.”
The rival faction backing Duterte had earlier said it would petition the Election Commission to declare Pacquiao and his allies as illegitimate officials of the ruling party.