Filipino boxer turned Senator Manny Pacquiao will try to become the President of the Philippines. According to CNN Philippines, Pacquiao officially accepted the Presidential nomination by the PDP-Laban camp on Sunday.
“I am a fighter and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring,” Pacquiao said, reports ESPN. “In my whole life, I have not backed out of a fight. Because in the name of principle, the nation’s pride, I stand reaffirmed and strong,” Pacquiao said during his acceptance speech.“…In the name of our fellow countrymen long asking for the right change in governance and true service to the Filipino people, I wholeheartedly, bravely, and humbly hope for your support.”
Pacquiao called out the current government run by President Rodrigo Duerte and warned they “are nearing imprisonment.”
“Your time is up!” he said. “We gave you a chance, but you failed us. We waited for a long time, decades have passed, but nothing has happened.”
Pacquiao has not picked a Vice President yet for the 2022 Philippine elections.
In the Philippines, a President can only serve for one term. Duterte said after his time is up as President he plans on running for Vice President.