Barely three weeks before election day, poll surveys reveal Manny Pacquiao is ahead of his political rival for the lone congressional seat in Sarangani province in southern Philippines.
Pacquiao's good showing in poll survey results could be traced to the active participation of his wife Jinkee in the campaign. Jinkee, whose family and relatives are from Sarangani has been actively campaigning in remote areas of the province to help the Filipino boxer in his election bid.
“We are actually ahead in the surveys but now we really have to maximize our efforts and time,” Jinkee reveals
Pacquiao is running for a congressional post for the second time. He lost the race in his first attempt against a lady congresswoman from General Santos City.
Jinkee says she is confident her husband can make a difference—especially in the life of poor residents.
“We talked about it and I believe in his good intentions to serve the people of Sarangani,” she says. “Manny and I can’t let our supporters down. The people need help.”
During the campaign, Manny Pacquiao told his constituents when asked how he will make a difference as a politician:
“I’ll show you how to make a big difference. I want you all to idolize me not just in the ring but above all, in public service,” Pacquiao tells the crowd in Glan town on Thursday.
The boxing superstar has delivered issue-based speeches on the campaign trail. He shuns personal attacks practiced by traditional politicians.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum earlier announced he will fly to the Philippines onto Sarangani to show his support to the Filipino boxer's fight outside the boxing ring. Arum is very popular in the Philippines for having helped budding Filipino boxers in their quest for excellence in the sports of boxing.
The topnotch boxing promoter is much more popular In General Santos City and Sarangani where Pacquiao and his family maintain residence.