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Manny Pacquiao announces race for President of the Philippines

19 September (WNN) — Boxing champion and Filipino senator Manny Pacquiao officially announced on Sunday that he will run for the presidency in 2022.

Pacquiao was nominated by a faction of the PDP-Laban, the ruling party that nominated President Rodrigo Duterte, who has been barred from running in the upcoming election due to the Philippines’ one-term limit.

“I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter in and out of the ring,” Pacquiao said as he accepted the nomination.

It was not immediately clear whether the country’s election commission would recognize the PDP Laban factions for the 2022 election.

Pacquiao won world titles in eight different boxing weight classes and continued his boxing career while serving as a senator, most recently losing to Cuba’s Yordenis Ugas in August.

He faced criticism and lost the Nike sponsorship in 2016, after saying that people involved in same-sex couples are “worse than animals”.

Duterte has been chosen by a rival faction within the party to run as vice president with Christopher “Bong” Gou, a former aide to the president.

However, Go has stated that he does not wish to succeed Duterte, leading to speculation that Duterte’s daughter Sarah Duterte-Carpio could be his running mate.

Pacquiao had previously been a supporter of Duterte, but since June the two have clashed as Pacquiao has criticized Duterte’s policies regarding China and corruption.

Duterte’s bid to remain in power has been seen as an attempt to avoid prosecution from the International Criminal Court, which last week announced an investigation into his war on drugs.

The Philippines government says that more than 6,000 people have been killed in anti-drug operations between July 2016 and April 30, while Human Rights Watch has indicated that 12,000 Filipinos were killed during Duterte’s campaign, which took his post. It started soon after the eclipse. In June of 2016.

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