Duterte tells Pacquiao to mull over presidency bid

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2019 11:48 AM | Updated as of Nov 12 2019 12:18 PM

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged Sen. Manny Pacquiao to carefully mull over any plans to seek the presidency. 

“Kayong mga pulitiko na isipin ninyo mabuti. Manny, I think Manny is entertaining, well it's good… Pag trabaho wala ka talagang makuha kung 'di pagod," Duterte said in a speech during the joint birthday celebration of Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Jay Velasco and his wife.

(Politicians should think about it carefully. Manny, I think Manny is entertaining, well it's good… Getting tired is the only thing you get from this work.)

The boxer-turned-senator was among the guests in the event.

Duterte reiterated that he would oppose any attempt to get his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, to run for president in the 2022 elections.

The chief executive said he would not want his daughter to suffer the same frustrations he has over the presidency.

“Were it not for the love of country, 'yun lang talaga magsustain. Wala kang makuha dito sa trabaho na ito except work, work and work and work and work. And worry, worry, worry, and be under stress," he said.

(Were it not for the love of country, that's the only thing that sustains me. You would not get anything from this job except work and worry, and be under stress.)

Several politicians earlier said they would be willing to back Duterte-Carpio should she wish to join the 2022 presidential race.

Duterte-Carpio earlier said she was not thinking about the presidency. Her father made similar pronouncements in 2016, months before he filed his certificate of candidacy for president at the last minute.