- Sen. Manny Pacquiao made good on his word to file on October 1 his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for president in next year’s elections
- The senator, along with a long convoy of vehicles, rode his huge campaign bus to Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City
- Buhay Partylist Representative and former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, whom Sen. Manny chose as his running mate, accompanied the Senator
- During the Q&A after he submitted his COC, Manny revealed that he will be running under the banner of the Promdi party, saying that his PDP-Laban faction has coalesced with Promdi
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Sen. Manny Pacquiao filed his Certificate of Candidacy (COC) for president today, October 1, at the Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila in Pasay City.
The senator made good on his earlier statement that he is going to file his COC on the said date, being the first to file among the contenders.
He rode his huge campaign bus, on its side emblazoned the words “Man of Destiny,” followed by a long line of vehicles.
Crowds lined the streets and cheered the convoy as it makes its way to the venue of the COC filing.
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Among the prominent personalities seen accompanying Sen. Manny are longtime friend, Vice Mayor Buboy Fernandez, Buhay Partylist Representative and former Manila Mayor Lito Atienza, as well as his wife, Jinkee Pacquiao.
It was only on this day that he formally introduced Cong. Lito Atienza as his running mate for next year’s elections.
After submitting his COC, Manny and Cong. Atienza went up the podium to make a short statement and answer questions.
On the question as to what political party Manny is running under, he immediately replied that it is Promdi Party.
He clarified, however, that he is not leaving PDP-Laban.
“Hindi po. May alliance po iyan sa PDP-Laban, Promdi, at PCM, tatlong P po iyan, kaya tinatawag naming na mp3, tatlong P po iyan magkasama, at dahil po may problema ngayon an gaming partido na PDP, minabuti na lang po na, napagkasunduan namin na Promdi ang gagamitin,” Sen. Manny revealed.
On the question why he chose Cong. Atienza to be his running mate, Sen. Pacquiao said he chose him based on the former Manila Mayor’s track record.
“Pinili ko po si Congressman Atienza dahil unang-una po ay yung pagsi-serbisyo niya sa bayan ay matagal na, more than 50 years, at nakita ko po ang sinseridad niya at hangarin na makatulong sa ating sambayanan,” the senator replied.
The boxing legend recently announced his retirement from the the sports that propelled him to fame and prominence.
Manny Pacquiao is an eight-division world boxing champion, considered one of the greatest boxers in history. He also found success as a politician, first becoming a congressman before getting elected as a senator. Manny is married to Jinkee Pacquiao, whom he called his best friend.
Two days ago, the boxing legend and former Pound for Pound King officially announced his retirement from boxing. The boxing icon and Philippine legislator made the announcement through an emotional video that showcased how he started. Looking and speaking with words full of emotions, Sen. Manny also took the opportunity to thank all of those who helped him throughout his journey as a boxer. Admitting that his time to hang up his gloves has come, Sen. Manny announced his retirement from the sports that gave him money and fame, as well as honor to the entire country.
Sen. Manny, in the video announcing his retirement from boxing, also thanked those who helped him over the years, particularly Freddie Roach and Buboy Fernandez. He recalled the time he met Freddie and also reminisced about the days he and Buboy roamed the streets. Manny called Freddie more than just a trainer, but “a family, a brother, and a friend. As regards to his many friends, the boxing legend said that there is no one closer to him than Buboy Fernandez, whom he said he has known for almost his whole life.