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    Manny Pacquiao to run for Philippines president

    Philippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao says he is to run for president in next year's election.

    He was nominated as a candidate by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban.

    On top of a glittering career as a fighter, Mr Pacquiao, 42, is a senator in the Philippines' parliament.

    Incumbent Rodrigo Duterte is barred from another term but has been picked by a rival party faction to run for vice-president, a move critics say is an attempt to cling to power.

    He was selected to run alongside a close ally, Christopher "Bong" Go, but Mr Go says he does not want to succeed Mr Duterte.

    While his party says it wants Mr Go to reconsider his decision, his rejection of the nomination has led to suggestions that President Duterte's daughter Sara Duterte-Carpio could join him on the ticket.

    As a boxer, Mr Pacquiao won world titles in an unprecedented eight different weight divisions.

    He lost his most recent bout against a Cuban opponent and said he was considering retiring.

    Accepting the nomination, he said: "I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring."

    Mr Pacquiao has pledged to campaign against poverty and corruption.

    He is a popular figure in his home country but faces an uphill battle, trailing in opinion polls consistently topped by Sara Duterte-Carpio.

    It is not clear which of the PDP-Laban factions will be recognised by the country's electoral commission for the 2022 election.

    Manny Pacquiao: Boxing star to run for Philippines president - BBC News
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    Has it been mentioned yet that he faces his toughest opponent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cyrille View Post
    Has it been mentioned yet that he faces his toughest opponent?
    One of my retired Navy buddies living in the PI keeps posting on various FB links that Pac Man has a fake degree.

    Does that even matter over der?

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    Just what every economy needs
    . A boxer to run the economy.

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    What a sad place
    Marcos's then a mass murderer next a puncher
    111 million people surrounded by fish and lush tropical fruits plants , volcanic soils that can grow anything and hardly a decent dish even our resident food critic Topper the morning used to salivate in the sois.

    I'm sure Davis and Katie will correct methat with cash and a few culinary skills resonable food can be had or made?
    Like many I can say the worst food Ive ever had including Afghani goat, Omani goat,Pakistani curry,pilaf in Iran The Soviet Union Bulgaria CUba and teh backstreets of C mai is Flippa, perhaps they don't care, with MILFS, Commies, Spam and Churches, JellyBeebees?Teh only place approaching is teh eunwashed backstreets of Englands fried chicken places for the fat drunk and gormless.

    Perhaps Tooper should run as the Gourmet ccandidate we could crowd fund his lunch/launch party
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    ^Bongbong Marcos (son of Ferdinand & Imelda) is also in the news. He hasn't formally announced his candidacy, but it's rumoured that he will.

    Another candidate for president is Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, who is an ex-military or police chief. There are rumours that he was the "enforcer" during the Estrada administration (Kuratong Baleleng issue, if one wants to search).

    There's also rumours that Senator Richard Gordon (former mayor of Subic) will run for prez, as well as Leni Robredo (the current VP).

    It's a mess...

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    Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao Ends Storied Boxing Career ahead of Philippine Presidential Run

    Eight-time world boxing champ Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from the ring Wednesday as he prepares for his toughest fight yet – winning the Philippine presidency in next year’s election.


    In a 14-minute pre-recorded speech posted on Facebook, the Philippine senator looked back on his colorful professional boxing career that spanned almost three decades, starting as an Olympics reject to become a worldwide legend in the sport.


    “It is difficult for me to accept that my time as a boxer is over. Today, I am announcing my retirement. I never thought that this day would come,” Pacquiao said.


    “I just heard the final bell. The boxing is over.”


    The sport gave him a ticket out of poverty, said the ex-boxer nicknamed “Pacman,” as he thanked his fans and people who supported him during his career.


    “Goodbye, boxing. Thank you for changing my life when my family was desperate. You gave us hope. You gave me the chance to fight our way out of poverty,” Pacquiao said.


    “Because of you, I was able to inspire people all over the world. Because of you, I have been given the courage to change more lives.”


    According to his Philippines statement of assets in the Senate last year, Pacquaio’s net worth was 3.18 billion pesos (about $64 million).


    Pacquiao also said he would support younger boxers in hopes of producing more Filipino champions in the future.


    In his last match in August, Pacquiao lost the WBA welterweight title against Cuban champion Yordenis Ugas.


    Talks were rife for a possible rematch, but the Philippine boxer decided against it, leaving his fight record at 63 wins – 39 in knockouts, eight losses, and two draws.


    Running for president


    Earlier this month, Pacquaio announced his candidacy to join the 2022 presidential election, after being backed by a faction of the ruling PDP-Laban party, which is divided by a power struggle with President Rodrigo Duterte.


    The constitution bars the incumbent from running for a second term. Duterte has also announced plans to contest the vice presidency as part of a move to evade prosecution for thousands of extrajudicial killings committed under his administration’s war on drugs, according to analysts.


    The official filing for the candidacies will take place only during the first week of October. It is not clear which PDP-Laban factions the Commission on Elections will recognize as legitimate.


    Pacquiao said he would campaign for the presidency on a pledge to rid the Philippines of poverty and corruption.


    He will likely face other political giants, including Vice President Leni Robredo, as well as the son and namesake of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, Duterte’s daughter Sara, and Manila city’s popular mayor, Francisco Domagoso.


    Sara Duterte has said she would no longer contest the presidency, but her strong showing in polls could change the mind of the fiery mayor of southern Davao city.


    In the latest survey by independent pollster Pulse Asia that covers Sept. 6 to 11, Sara Duterte led all possible candidates at 20 percent, while Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Domagoso, and Pacquiao polled at 15 percent, 13 percent, and 12 percent, respectively.


    Pacquiao will be leaving the ring as a star but, as a politician, he will end his six-year term as a senator next year with one of the worst track records, beginning with his abysmal record of attendance in Congress.


    According to his own party, the ruling PDP-Laban, which ousted him as its leader in July, there is not a single significant piece of legislation attached to his name.

    Manny ‘Pacman’ Pacquiao Ends Storied Boxing Career ahead of Philippine Presidential Run — BenarNews

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    Quote Originally Posted by katie23 View Post
    ^Bongbong Marcos (son of Ferdinand & Imelda) is also in the news. He hasn't formally announced his candidacy, but it's rumoured that he will.

    Another candidate for president is Senator Panfilo "Ping" Lacson, who is an ex-military or police chief. There are rumours that he was the "enforcer" during the Estrada administration (Kuratong Baleleng issue, if one wants to search).

    There's also rumours that Senator Richard Gordon (former mayor of Subic) will run for prez, as well as Leni Robredo (the current VP).

    It's a mess...
    I dont think Gordon will be of much use to you guys either. He's got his own little fiefdom going on in olongapo and an American passport if it all goes to shit for him

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    And as for Bongbong. Seriously? Can you vote for a guy called bongbong?

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