Pacquiao accepts PDP-Laban faction’s nomination, launches 2022 bid for presidency

MANILA (UPDATE) – Sen. Manny Pacquiao on Sunday formally announced his plan to run for president in the 2022 national elections with a promise to rule with “integrity, compassion and transparency.”

Pacquiao announced his presidential candidacy during his PDP-Laban faction’s national assembly in Quezon City, against the backdrop of an ongoing squabble within ruling party PDP-Laban.

“Sa buong buhay ko, wala akong laban na inaatrasan dahil sa ngalan ng prinsipyo, karangalan ng bayan ay tumayo ako, nanindigan at nakikipaglaban,” he said.

(In my entire life, I have never backed down from a fight as I stand firm in the name of principle and honor of country.)

Pacquiao cited his life experiences and ability to relate to poor Filipinos as one of the qualities that make him fit to become President.

“Sa mga nagtatanong kung ano ang ating kakayahan? Naranasan niyo na po bang magutom… walang makain… mangutang sa kapitbahay o mag abang ng tira sa karinderya?” he said.

“Alam niyo po ba ang pakiramdam ng isang Pilipino na nakikipaglaban sa boxing? Nagpapabugbog sa kalaban na mas malaki at malakas para makabili ng pagkain?”

Pacquiao vowed to fight poverty and corruption, saying Filipinos have waited too long to see progress.

“Panahon na upang manalo naman ang mga naapi. Panahon na upang makabangon ang bayan natin na lugmok sa kahirapan,” he said.

 FROM CLOSED FIST TO OPEN HAND
Pacquiao’s PDP-Laban has noticeably dropped its logo with the closed “Duterte fist” and returned to its original emblem where Filipino hero Lapu-lapu and a pentagon carrying the party’s name are placed in the palm of an open hand.

PDP-Laban has been using the open hand logo from its inception in 1983 until 2016, when the party backed then-Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s presidential candidacy.

Earlier this year, the ruling party had split into two factions after Pacquiao blocked his partymates’ efforts to push Duterte to run for vice president next year.

Pacquiao’s group is backed by Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III – son of PDP-Laban founder and former Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel Jr, while Duterte supports the wing led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.

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