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Pacquiao Refuses to Run for Vice President in 2022

It's out of the equation, senator says.
by Erwin Colcol
Sep 1, 2021
Photo/s: Michael Ownes, Agence France-Presse

Sen. Manny Pacquiao said Wednesday he was not considering running for vice president as he weighed his political future with just over one month left before the deadline of filing for candidacies.

The boxer-turned-politician said he had only three options: run for president, seek reelection in the Senate, or retire from politics altogether.

"Kung sakaling ako ay tumakbo, gusto ko epektibo ako," Pacquiao told ANC when asked why he was not considering a vice presidential run.

"Wala sa isip ko yang posisyon na yan. Katulad ng sinabi ko, anuman ang maging desisyon ko, paninindigan ko at ipaglalaban ko at sisikapin ko ang aking makakaya para ma-accomplish ko ang pangarap ko sa taumbayan," he added.

Pacquiao has long been rumored to seek the highest position in the land ever since he crossed over from the boxing ring to the politics. He was a congressman before he became senator in 2016.

Pacquiao said he met recently with Vice President Leni Robredo, who had been holding consultations with potential candidates to form the "broadest possible unity" in the 2022 elections.

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"Nag-usap lang kami about sa problema ng ating bansa, paano kami maka-come up ng solusyon, makaambag sa ating gobyerno, makatulong sa ating mga kababayan, kung ano ang mga plano," he said.

Pacquiao said that he would announce his 2022 plans before October 1, the first day of the filing of certificates of candidacy for the upcoming elections.

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