- Sen. Manny Pacquiao revealed during a forum that in the event he becomes the President, his wife will not be following the footsteps of Imelda Marcos
- The senator assured people that such will not happen because his wife is not like that
- He also stated that Jinkee is "mahiyain" and that she is not interested in politics
- The senator then said that what Jinkee wants is to help women, to provide for scholarships
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Sen. Manny Pacquiao revealed during a virtual forum that was organized by the Rotary Club of Manila that if he becomes President and Jinkee becomes First Lady, she will not be following the path of Imelda Marcos, reported Philstar.
This was his response when he was asked whether Jinkee would also be living the luxurious life that Marcos' First Lady lived.
"Hindi po. Tinitiyak ko po iyan dahil kilala ko po 'yung asawa ko, hindi po siya ganu'n," said Pacquiao.
He also clarified that his wife is really not interested in politics. The senator also looked back at the time that Jinkee ran as vice governor in Sarangani, but clarified that she did simply because she was compelled to do so.
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"Ang asawa ko po ay mahiyain at hindi po mahilig sa pulitika. Naging vice governor sa Sarangani tapos isang term lang hindi na po tumakbo kasi kaya lang po naging vice governor 'yun dahil napilitan lang po siya," said Pacquiao.
He then stated that the only thing that Jinkee would like to do is to serve, help women, provide scholarships, housing and sustainable livelihood, as per ABS-CBN.
Aside from defending Jinkee, Pacquiao, in a separate statement via DZRH, also said that he will not be withdrawing his candidacy.
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.
Jinkee Pacquiao praised her mother-in-law in one of her most recent posts on social media. She particularly drew everyone's attention to the unparalleled love that Mommy D heaped on her son Sen. Manny Pacquiao. Jinkee then told Mommy D that she and her family loves her. Sen. Manny and Jinkee have been going around the country after the Pinoy boxing-legend-turned-legislator filed his Certificate of Candidacy for president.
She has just posted a cheery photo of her and Sen. Manny Pacquiao. In the snapshot, the two of them were both smiling while holding each other’s hands. It also seemed like the senator and presidential aspirant was delivering a message while the picture was taken. According to her earlier posts, Jinkee and her husband went to Cebu City to meet people in the area.