Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Philippines: Boxing star Manny Pacquiao nominated as candidate for president in next year’s election

In Philippines, boxing star Manny Pacquiao has been nominated as a candidate for president in next year’s election.

He was nominated by a faction of the ruling party, PDP-Laban. Mr Pacquiao is a senator in the Philippines’ parliament.

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.

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.

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

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