The Philippines boxing star and senator Manny Pacquiao is running for president, announcing his candidacy for next year´s elections.
Pacquiao presents a potential threat to President Rodrigo Duterte´s plans, as the race for the president takes shape.
A group of the ruling PDP-Laban party nominated Pacquiao in a video-streamed national convention. Analysts see Pacquaio’s presidential bid as a threat to Duterte´s candidate in 2022. The boxer could split the vote in the southern island where both of them come from, opening the door for opposition people. In a survey in June, Pacquiao ranked fifth among 15 possible presidential candidates.
The Filipino boxer has been a senator since 2016, and he once was a loyal ally to Duterte, defending the president´s deadly drug war. However, recently, he criticized the government for alleged corruption and its opinion on the South China Sea.
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