Senator Ping Lacson confirms Senator Manny Pacquiao’s presidential ambition
- Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson confirms that Senator Manny Pacquiao is seriously considering joining the presidential race
- Sen. Ping made the admission during an interview with Karen Davila of Headstart
- Lacson said that Pacquiao sought his advice several times about his intention
- He also said that the boxing champ-turned senator is quite open about his plans
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Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson confirmed the long-rumored presidential ambition of fellow senator, Sen. Manny Pacquiao.
In an interview with Karen Davila on her program, Headstart, on Friday morning, Lacson revealed that Sen. Manny approached him two or three times last year to seek his advice on the possibility of the boxing champ running for president.
“Sinabi naman niya and he’s quite open about it. Although ayaw niyang pag-usapan because of COVID,” Sen. Lacson said.
The senator, however, said that in fairness to the boxing champ-turned senator, he is consistent on his position that they should all deal with COVID first instead of politics.
In a video recently posted by Pacquiao, he said that becoming president is destiny granted by God.
“Marami nang nangarap, marami na rin nabigo, ngunit ang hangad ko sa susunod na Presidente ay may tunay na malasakit at tunay na pagmamahal sa mamamayang Pilipino,” Sen. Pacquiao said.
Sen. Lacson and Sen. Pacquiao are seatmates on the Philippine Senate floor. It is normal for seatmates to talk not only about laws they craft, but also about political plans for the future.
As of writing, Senator Pacquiao still has not denied the claims made by Sen. Lacson earlier in his interview on Headstart.
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Senator Panfilo "Ping" Morena Lacson Sr. is a Filipino senator who served from 2001–2013 and again from 2016–present. He was born on June 1, 1948. He entered the Philippine Military Academy in 1967 and graduated from the military institution in 1971 along with former Senator Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan. Eventually, Lacson served as chief of the Philippine National Police from 1999 to 2001.
Senator Emmanuel "Manny" Dapidran Pacquiao, on the other hand, is a Filipino professional boxer and politician who is currently serving as a Senator of the Philippines and as party president of the PDP–Laban party. Nicknamed "PacMan", he is regarded as one of the greatest professional boxers of all time. He was born on December 17, 1978.
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As a politician, Sen. Manny Pacquiao is regarded as one of the most generous public figures in the Philippines. In November last year, a video of him handing out P1,000 to 3,500 families, for a total of P3.5 million, has gone viral online. Aside from receiving P1,000 from the senator, the video also shows the families getting groceries and rice. The viral video was taken in San Mateo, Montalban, Rizal, which was hit hard by Typhoon Ulysses.
Sen. Manny also had his own share of controversies. In December of 2020, he was accused of violating COVID-19 safety protocols at his own birthday party. The photos taken at the party show that there was no social distancing and many of the guests were not wearing masks and face shields. The boxer-politician said in his interview that they did not violate protocols during the party. According to Pacquiao, swab tests were done on all of the guests before they could enter the venue.
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