|Filipino boxing icon and Saranggani representative running for reelection, Manny Pacquiao casts his ballot. Photo by Paul Bernaldez, AFP
MANILA -- Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao is merely waiting for his formal proclamation as congressman of Sarangani province in the mid-term elections after running unopposed.
Based on the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) unofficial tally as 11:10 p.m., the fighting congressman had 53,458 votes.
It will be his second term as Sarangani congressman after beating businessman Roy Chiongbian in the 2010 polls.
He lost to Darlene Antonino-Custodio in the first district of South Cotabato in 2007 in his first try in politics.
Pacquiao's wife Jinkee is leading her opponents for the vice gubenatorial post in Sarangani.
As of posting, Jinkee had 47,636 votes while her opponent Eleanor Saguiguit had 11,643.
Independent candidate Jose Villamor had 2,550 votes.
Pacquiao’s brother Ruel, meanwhile, is trailing Pedro Acharon Jr. for a seat in Congress representing South Cotabato.
As of posting, Acharon had 81,952 votes, while Ruel had 75,501.
Other candidates for the South Cotabato congressman are Dinand Hernandez (58,779 votes), Doc Elmo Tolosa (43,174 votes), Efren Biclar (555 votes) and Netz Varona (124 votes).