Pacquiao to seek senatorial post in 2016
Boxing champion and Sarangani Congressman Manny Pacquiao is taking his political career to a higher level as he has revealed plans of running for the Senate in 2016 national elections.
In his TV interview on ABS-CBN, Pacquiao said there is a big chance that he will push through with his senatorial aspiration.
“There is a big possibility that I will run for senator. UNA asked me to join their party and I am thankful for that,” he said.
Asked why he is not running under the Liberal Party, Pacquiao said, “I was joining their party before but I was not accepted.”
He, meanwhile, said his wife Jinkee will not seek reelection as Vice Governor of Sarangani. Jinkee gave birth to their fifth child last April.
Pacquiao was first elected as representative of the lone district of Sarangani in 2010. He was reelected in the mid-term elections in 2013 as he ran unopposed.
He previously hinted about running for presidency but he was promptly warned by seasoned politicians to reconsider such plan advising him to run for the Senate first and gain experience.
The pound-for-pound boxer seems to be serious about his political career believing that being a public servant is one of his callings.
“The Lord takes care of my destiny. I thought of quitting politics but if I quit to fight for what is right, it seems that I am letting bad things prevail,” he said.