Pacquiao for president? 'Masaya na ako sa posisyon ko'

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Posted at Jan 17 2018 10:54 AM | Updated as of Jan 17 2018 10:57 AM

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MANILA - Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday did not directly confirm if he had plans to seek the presidency in 2022, saying he is content as a member of the Upper Chamber.

The boxing champion-turned-lawmaker admitted mulling about leaving his post at times, but said he is not going to give up.

"Nag-iisip na nga akong hihinto na lang kasi minsan nadi-discourage ako. Pero pag sumuko ako, parang boxing, sumuko ako nang hindi pa tapos yung round," he told ANC's Headstart.

Pressed if he will seek the top executive position, Pacquiao said: "Masaya na ako sa posisyon ko. Pinagkatiwalaan ako ng mga tao dito. Gagampanan ko ang trabaho ko. Kung ano yung tama, yun ang tama. Hindi na bale kung makasagasa ako ng tao basta nasa tama ako."

President Rodrigo Duterte, in a speech during Pacquiao's birthday last month, said he wants to make the neophyte senator the president of the country.

In November 2016, Duterte made a similar remark after his victory over American boxer Jessie Vargas.

Pacquiao confirmed his presidential ambitions to news organization Agence France-Presse in 2013, and promoter Bob Arum reignited the talks when he said his client had a strategy laid-out for a presidential run just as the Filipino boxing legend was preparing for his bout against Floyd Mayweather.

"He is going to be a president," Arum told paparazzi website TMZ. "He is going to run for the Senate of the Philippines in 2016 and then 2022 or maybe later he'll run for president."