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Boxer Manny Pacquiao presents his candidacy for the Presidency of the Philippines

MANILA, Oct 1 (DPA / EP) - The boxer icon Manny Pacquiao has presented this Friday the documents that confirm his candidacy for the Presidenc


MANILA, Oct 1 (DPA / EP) –

The boxer icon Manny Pacquiao has presented this Friday the documents that confirm his candidacy for the Presidency of the Philippines, becoming the first politician to officially declare that he is running for the highest office in next year’s elections.

Pacquiao, 42, who is currently a senator, is running for the left-wing Philippine Democratic Party-People’s Power (PDP-Laba) and has vowed to fight poverty and corruption.

He has also assured that he will improve Internet service and reduce the cost of electricity in the Philippines, as well as that, as well as work to solve the coronavirus pandemic.

“My candidacy is not only for me and my family, but also for the Filipino people (to) give them a better future, especially those who have suffered for a long time,” he said when presenting his candidacy before the Electoral Commission.

“To those who are robbing the Filipino people, their happy days in government are numbered,” he added, to emphasize that this is his “promise to the Filipino people and to God.”

Other politicians who have declared their candidacy to replace the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, are the popular mayor of the capital, Manila, Isko Moreno, and the former police chief, Senator Pánfilo Lacson.

Possible candidates for the Presidency also include Vice President Leni Robredo; the mayor of Davao and daughter of Duterte, Sara Duterte; and former Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, the only son and namesake of the late Philippine dictator.

Robredo and Sara Duterte have not yet confirmed their plans for next year’s elections, while Marcos has been appointed presidential candidate by his political party.