By ALFRED GABOT
Editor in Chief
PASAY CITY – There is no stopping now world boxing idol and Senator Manny Pacquiao from pursuing his next big battle.
The arena is not the boxing ring but the entire country, because he is running for president of the Philippines.
And on October 1, the start of a week-long filing of certificate of candidacy, Pacquiao drove to the Commission on Elections center and filed his COC for president.
Pacquiao is the first presidential candidate to do so. He is running under the PDP-Laban party and backed other parties.
Pacquiao’s vice presidential candidate is long-time Manila mayor, Batasang Pambansa member, Cabinet Secretary and current Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Jose Lito Atienza Jr.
Atienza filed his CoC for VP together with Pacquiao.
Pacquiao was accompanied by his wife Jinkee while Atienza by his wife Evelina (Beng).
Pacquiao and Atienza vowed to act on the pandemic problem, lack of jobs, corruption, high electric service, among others.
Thousands of supporters lined up the streets as Pacquiao passed by until he reached the Comelec center set up at the Harbor Garden of the Sofitel Philippine Plaza area besides the Philippine International Convention Center.
Days ago, Pacquiao announced his retirement in boxing.
Others who filed early their CoC for senator were Rep. Loren Legarda, Gov. Francis Escudero, Lutgardo Barbo, Abner Afuang, Bai Maylanie Esmael, Norman Marquez and Bertito del Mundo.