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, pledging to serve the Filipino people faithfully, whom he said was 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.
“In the name of our countrymen, who have been longing for a right change in government, I wholeheartedly, valiantly and humbly seek your support,” he said.
Pacquiao is the chairman of the PDP-Laban faction led by him and Sen. Aquilino “Coco” Pimentel III.
Earlier this month, another faction of the party nominated President Rodrigo Duterte as the vice presidential candidate and Duterte’s former aide San Bong Go as the 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 he would be charged with crimes against humanity. which is linked to the action. thousands dead.