It is official, Senator Emmanuel Pacquiao will run for president in the 2020 presidential race under the Pacquiao wing of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), led by himself and Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr.
MANILA — The announcement came during the national convention of the PDP-Laban Pacquiao faction on Sunday in Libis, Quezon City.
The other PDP-Laban faction led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi announced Senator Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte as their group’s presidential and vice-presidential candidates, respectively two weeks prior.
“Exciting ito dahil malaki ang posibilidad na mananalo tayo sa darating na halalan at ang tunay na PDP-Laban ang magpapatakbo ng ating gobyerno,” Pimentel said at the start of the event.
In accepting his nomination, Mr Pacquiao said the people are already tired of unfulfilled promises so he is “rising up to the challenge of leadership” so that he can bring real reforms that would uplift the lives of Filipinos, especially the poor.
“Buong puso, buong tapang, at kababaang loob ay umaasa po ako sa inyong suporta, may dalangin ng gabay sa Panginoon, tinatanggap ko po ang inyong nominasyon bilang kandidato ng pagkapangulo ng Pilipinas,” Pacquiao said in accepting his nomination.
Pacquiao promised to fight corruption and send all corrupt Government officials to jail. (HMP/The MiNT)