Stopping short of making a public declaration, Senator Manny Pacquiao has dropped hints of his possible run for the presidency in next year’s national elections.
No denial nor a confirmation was made, but Pacquiao said it’s every politician’s “dream” of becoming a president.
He also likened his political career to the sport of boxing, saying that he joined the sport with the goal of becoming a world boxing champion.
“I did not enter boxing to become (a) two-rounder (fighter), (or a) 10-rounder. I became a boxer to turn into a world champion,” the Senator told reporters during a virtual press briefing.
“Every politician, even barangay captains, dream of being a president,” he added.
At least three senators including Senate President Vicente Sotto III and Senator Panfilo Lacson previously said that Pacquiao expressed interest in running for the country’s top post.
The politician-turned-senator, however, repeatedly played coy about politics, citing the raging Covid-19 pandemic as a more pressing matter.
He added that whoever will be the next President is “anointed by God”.
If he is elected, the senator vowed to end corruption.
“Running for the presidency is part of God’s plan. Whoever will win is anointed by God. But if I win, I will do my job. I will eradicate the corrupt individuals in the government,” he said.
In February, a group of his supporters formed an organization in Cebu urging the lawmaker to throw the dice and vie for the Presidential seat.
Established in 2020, Manny Pacquiao for President Movement currently has at least 190,000 members, most of them coming from Visayas and Mindanao.
The group said it has already met the senator, and that he is still considering the offer of support.
Latest Pulse Asia Survey listed Pacquiao, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo and Manila Mayor Francisco ‘Isko Moreno’ Domagoso as the names the public expects to see in next year’s polls.