'I'm happy serving people as senator': Pacquiao has no plans to become president


Posted at Jan 20 2019 06:17 PM

Manny Pacquiao enters the ring before fighting Adrien Broner in the WBA welterweight championship at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Christian Petersen, Getty Images/AFP

MANILA -- Filipino ring legend Manny Pacquiao has no plans of running for a higher political position.

This, after he defeated American challenger Adrien Broner in their showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).

In a post-fight interview, Pacquiao, who is currently a member of the Senate, was asked whether he has plans of running for president of the Philippines.

"I don't have that in my mind right now. I have no plan to run for president," he said.

"I'm happy serving people as a senator and giving honor to the country," Pacquiao added.

Pacquiao became a senator in 2016. Prior to joining the Senate, Pacquiao served as representative of Sarangani from 2010 to 2016.

He turned 40 years old last December, making him eligible for the presidency.

Article VII, Section 2 of the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines state that any individual may become president provided they are a natural born Filipino, a registered voter, must be able to read and write, at least 40 years of age at the day of the election and must have resided in the Philippines 10 years before the elections.

The Philippines will be holding its next presidential elections in 2022.