Boxing star Manny Pacquiao said on Sunday he would run for the Philippine presidency next year, after exposing corruption in the government and what he calls President Rodrigo Duterte’s close ties with China.
Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his political allies in the national assembly of the ruling party within the PDP-Laban ruling party, just days after the opposition group appointed Duterte’s longtime aide, Senator Christopher’s.
The group nominated Duterte to the post of vice president, a move that critics have called Duterte’s stupid trick to remain in power.
Nenda rejected the nomination, but divisions between Pacquiao and Duterte factions grew.
“I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter in and out of the fray,” Pacquiao, 42, a senator, said in a speech broadcast live at the conference. “I accept your nomination as a presidential candidate for the Republic of the Philippines.”