- President Duterte met with Senator Pacquiao in Malacañan Palace on August 1
- A video of their meeting was shared on Facebook
- Despite backing Binay in the presidential election, Pacquiao and Duterte have remained good friends
Neophyte Senator Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao paid a visit to President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte in Malacañan Palace on August 1, Monday. A video of their encounter inside the Ramos Conference Room was shared on the Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) Facebook page.
According to the Facebook post, the senator also had a brief meeting with Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Secretary Christopher ‘Bong’ Go and Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa. The details of their meeting were not shared with the public.
Despite supporting defeated presidential candidate Jejomar Binay during the recent elections, Pacquiao and Duterte have a good relationship with each other and they consider each other as friends.
"Even he is with VP Binay, I would still like to pitch for him. Huwag ninyo siyang kalimutan (Do not forget about him),” Duterte said during his successful campaign.
"Kahit wala siya sa akin at doon siya sa kabila, kindly suportahan ninyo si Pacman. Kaibigan ko siya. Pareho kaming taga-Mindanao at magkasama kami sa sakripisyo at kaligayahan," Duterte added.
(Even if he is not with me right now and he has chosen to support another candidate, kindly support Pacman. He is my friend. We are both from Mindanao and we faced both joy and sacrifices together.)
Pacquiao also clarified that he and Duterte remained friends despite their different political parties.
"Talagang magkaibigan kami, close kami. Hindi iyan maapektuhan dahil ito, politics lang ito,” Pacquiao explained.
(We are really close friends. Our friendship will not be affected in any way because this is just politics.)
Despite announcing back in April that he is retiring from boxing to fully concentrate on his duties as a politician, Pacquiao is set to fight again on November 5 at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Pacquiao promised that he will not allow his training to interfere with his senate duties. - Kami Media