The eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao, who recently retired from boxing, is now making a name in the Philippine politics after ranking number three in the latest senatorial poll.
According to a report at Inquirer.net, Pacquiao had moved up to third behind the front-runners, Senators Franklin Drilon and Vicente Sotto III, based on the latest results of Social Weather Stations (SWS) surveys.
The last match of Pacquiao against Timothy Bradley was said to have a big factor in boosting the rating of the aspiring senator, who just announced his retirement after the fight and said that he wanted to serve the people.
Before the Pacquiao-Bradley match, many political rivals said that Pacquiao should choose between the fight and his candidacy as a senator since his match would violate a law about campaign advertisements. Still, Pacquiao continued the fight saying that his match was nothing concerned about politics but rather to make the Filipino people known worldwide.
After the match, Pacquiao was still considered as an official senatorial candidate so far meaning that the issue thrown out to him didn’t affect his candidacy.
Before filing for senatorial candidacy, many expressed doubts if the boxing icon could be fit as a Philippine senator saying that his knowledge and experience were not enough for such position. Also, people were disappointed with Pacquiao’s attendance in the House of Representatives where he was recorded as having lots of absences since his main focus before was his boxing career.
However, Manny Pacquiao defended himself saying that he has made numerous projects for his countrymen that came from his own pockets. Also, he said that he was more capable of serving the country than those corrupt officials currently seated in the Philippine government.
Pacquiao was included in the senatorial line-up of the Philippines’ current Vice President Jejomar Binay, who had become a center of different issues regarding corruptions. However, the cases filed against the aspiring presidential candidate had not yet been proven.
For now, Manny Pacquiao is focused in campaigning and letting the Filipino people know his platforms when he became a senator. Boxing must be over for the Filipino boxing icon if he will win the senatorial race.
The Philippine election will be held on May 9, 2016.
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