Are we ready for President Pacquiao?

Posted at Jul 29 2013 04:44 PM | Updated as of Oct 17 2019 03:16 PM

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MANILA - Malacañang won't stop Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao from pursuing his ambition to become President of the Philippines.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said Pacquiao is free to run, pointing out the minimum requirements of the Constitution to become a presidential candidate.

"Kung sa damdamin ni Ginoong Pacquiao e karapat-dapat siyang tumakbo, nasa kanya po 'yun. Kung gusto niyang sumabak sa pagkapangulo, nasa kaya po 'yun. We cannot stop anyone from wanting to fulfill their ambition," Lacierda told reporters.

Pacquiao earlier confirmed with Agence France-Presse that he is harboring thoughts of running for president in his beloved homeland when he finally hangs up his gloves.

Pacquiao, who is in his mid-30s, would fall short of the constitutional age requirement of 40 years old for a candidate for the presidency by 2016, the year of the next presidential election.

ANC The Bureau, July 29, 2013