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article imageComelec proclaims Manny Pacquiao as elected senator

By Leo Reyes     May 19, 2016 in Politics
Incumbent congressman and retired boxer Manny Pacquiao was proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday, May 19, 2016 as one of the 12 new senators of the Philippines who will serve for the next six years.
The 12 newly elected senators were proclaimed by Comelec commissioners led by Chairman Andres Bautista at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines.
Leading the 12 newly elected senators who will join the 12 other incumbent members of the senate is re-electionist and incumbent senate president Franklin Drilon, who got the most number of votes (18,607,391) for senators. Former justice secretary Leima de Lima bagged the No.12 spot with 14, 144,070 votes. Pacquiao landed at No. 7 with 16,050,546 votes.
Pacquiao has campaigned under the opposition UNA but his local party supported former congressman and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who topped the presidential votes and is now the presumptive president of the Philippines.
Pacquiao, who announced his retirement from boxing after his trilogy fight against Timothy Bradley last April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, has called on the nation to unite and support the new administration.
"I appeal to the entire nation. It’s time to set politics aside,” said Pacquiao in a statement earlier. "I hope our new president becomes a symbol of unity among Filipinos. Let us support the new administration as we seek change toward a peaceful and progressive nation.”
The incumbent congressman representing the lone district of Sarangani was accompanied by his wife Jinkee and immediate members of the family during the proclamation ceremonies.
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