- Manny Pacquiao got a seal of approval from President Duterte himself to become the country's next president
- The boxer-turned-senator revealed that there are no plans to run for presidency yet but he remains open to the idea
- Pacquiao stressed that he just wants to focus on his jobs right now
What does the 'Pambansang Kamao' think of President Rodrigo Duterte's comment regarding his future title?
It is known that the tough-talking president announced on Monday that Manny Pacquiao can become the future president of the Philippines when the latter visited Malacañang.
The boxer-turned-senator told the press that running for presidency is not yet in his imminent future but he is not closing his doors on it.
"Wala pa sa isip natin 'yan, focus tayo sa trabaho natin," he said.
(It's not yet in my mind, I want to focus on my work.)
He added that he has not conferred with anyone regarding the matter but thought that president presumably made the comment because they both have the same advocacy.
"Siguro nakita nya na pareho naman kami ng advocacy, pareho kami ng nararamdaman so nasabi nya yun pero sa akin trabaho lang ako," he said.
(Perhaps he saw that we have the same advocacy, we have the same views so he said that but I just want to focus on my work now.)
Despite succesfully getting into the Senate, Pacquiao still wants to juggle both his careers as a politician and as a boxer.
As a senator, he expressed the desire to solve the country's problems first.
"Kasi 'pag hindi natin naresolba ito, hindi natin nabago ang bansa natin hanggang six years, parang ayaw ko na rin sa pulitika."
(If we won’t be able to resolve it and if we fail to improve our country within the next six years, I think I don’t want to get involved in politics.)
In spite of his premature thoughts, he remains optimistic on his new role.
He is one with the president that change is coming and we will see its fruits within six years.
Still, he is hounded by the question if he will consider running for presidency.
"Hindi naman natin sinasabing sarado. Ang pagiging Presidente ang Panginoon ang naglalagay dyan… Masyadong mataas yan para pangarapin. Gamapanan natin yung trabaho natin para marami tayong matutulungan ng mga Pilipino," he replied.
(I’m not closing my door on the presidency. God grants the presidency. It ‘s such a high ambition. I will fulfill my work so I would be able to help a lot of Filipinos.)
If he runs for presidency, we are sure that many will not be pleased - but it is too early to tell as the man just wants to focus on his jobs.
We hope that Manny will not encounter this scenario in the following if he indeed pushes for the highest title in the land.