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Pacquiao accepted his nomination by PDP-Laban as the flag bearer in the 2022 presidential race on Sunday. With him on stage was Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, son of the party founder, the late former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr. – Senator Pacquiao’s office

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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer / Asia News Network): Manny Pacquiao, who achieved world fame with a phenomenal boxing career before fading somewhat in a lackluster political career, has his hat in the presidential arena as the standard bearer of a faction thrown from the PDP-Laban, the ruling party now divided by its political clashes with President Rodrigo Duterte.

The 42-year-old boxer who became lawmaker said on Sunday (September 19) during a ” National Assembly ”of his faction of the party he and Senator Aquilino Pimentel III chair had called.

Pacquiao was elected House of Representatives in 2010 and rose to legislature in just six years when he was elected Senator in 2016. Now Pacquiao is striving for another bold jump, this time to the highest post in the country by 2022.

“I am a fighter and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring. In my life I’ve never backed down because … I have to get up and fight, “he said in his acceptance speech to cheer during the meeting in Quezon City, which also took place as a video conference.

With classic underdog rhetoric Pacquiao said, “It is time for the oppressed to win. It is time for our nation to rise out of poverty. It is time for us to have a clean government in which every centavo goes to every Filipino. “

” We have had enough of promises to change. Our people ask when their misery will end. The time is now. We are ready to rise to the challenge of leadership, ”he said.

Pacquiao was the second politician to run for president after Sen. Panfilo Lacson more than a week ago.

Elected last month Duterte’s faction of the party his longtime advisor, Senator Bong Go, as its standard bearer and President Duterte as its vice-president. But Go has so far refused to accept this nomination.

Both factions have petitioned the electoral commission to determine their respective claims as a true party.

Pimentel said his group was ready to go along with it of the faction associated with Duterte under the leadership of his energy minister Alfonso Cusi.

“We will defend ourselves against the kidnappers. If we ignore them but resist them, we will fight, “said the heir of the party that once fought against the Marcos dictatorship.

Pimentel, son of the late Senator and PDP founder Aquilino Pimentel Jr., said : “If we compare PDP-Laban with a car, some have got into our car and are now trying to push us out. Apparently they liked our car. Or maybe they’re car collectors. They have so many cars which means they are so selfish. We will not let them kidnap our party. “

” We only have one party. Those on the other side held jumping parties. If it is convenient for them, they will join, if it is no longer convenient, they will destroy, “he said in Filipino.

” Today we are happy under the dynamic, courageous and courageous leadership of our Party President Manny Pacquiao elect our officers, “said Pimentel, eliciting cheers from the gathering.

Recognized as one of the greatest boxers of all time and the only world champion in eight divisions, Pacquiao has drawn the imagination of his compatriots and the world in a spectacular running career for more than two Conquered for decades.

This record has not always been an advantage in politics. In 2007, he lost his first candidacy for Congress in South Cotabato Province, but ran again three years later, this time winning two consecutive terms in Sarangani Province.

Thereafter, Pacquiao joined the senatorial race and made it to the elections 2016 in the Magic 12.

Nevertheless, he fought repeatedly against high-profile games throughout his political career, which led to a spotty attendance record.

He was one of the most frequent absentee in the House of Representatives and appeared for only four days in 2014 to work.

Pacquiao held this attendance record in his early years in the Senate. But he began to have a perfect attendance when the chamber switched to online sessions amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Bible-citing Pacquiao counts among his most important legislative achievements, the passage of the Handbook for Overseas Filipino Workers Act of 2018 and the National Bible Day Act. In the House of Representatives, he passed seven bills, and in the Senate, he penned twelve measures that became law and co-authored six more.

In 2019, he declared a net worth of $ 3.17 billion, making him the second richest Senator after Senator Cynthia Villar did.

The Pacman was a renegade several times – from the Liberal Party to the PDP-Laban within three years of his first term in the House of Representatives, then moved to the United Nationalist Alliance in 2016 to return to Duterte’s victory PDP-Laban to return as president this year.

He was seen as an early pioneer of Duterte’s agenda, and even led the Senate when he removed a colleague, Leila de Lima, from chairing the Justice and Human Rights Committee.

But with a possible change of guard in the upcoming parliamentary elections, Pacquiao has become a loud critic of Duterte and has thus his position in the government pa rtei and in the political scene as a whole.

Complicating his complicated prospects in politics is his defeat in boxing last month against the Cuban Yordenis Ugas, which led to proposals for a resignation from Pacman himself.

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