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article imageManny Pacquiao may join administration party for senate seat

By Leo Reyes     Jul 30, 2015 in Sports
Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao may join the administration's Liberal Party as one of its senatorial bets in the upcoming national elections in the Philippines.
This was revealed by YACAP party-list Rep. Carol Jayne Lopez, a close friend of presidential aspirant Mar Roxas. Lopez confirmed she is indeed holding talks with Pacquiao, also an incumbent member of the House of Representatives representing the lone district of Sarangani.
Currently, Pacquiao is allied with Vice-President Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) and was seen with Binay in a recent political gathering.
While Lopez did not categorically say Pacquiao will be one of the Liberal Party's senatorial bets in the coming polls, it appears the party is ready to include Pacquiao in the party's senatorial line up if he decides to run for senator.
Pacquiao's political agenda has been widely discussed in the media, having admitted he has plans of seeking a higher office in the 2022 national elections.
Pacquiao's promoter Bob Arum has recently talked about Pacquiao's political plan between now and 2022.
"He's gonna be a president," Arum told TMZ Sports. "He's gonna run for Senate in the Philippines in 2016 ... and then in 2022 or maybe later, he'll run for President of the Philippines," he added.
Pacquiao's admission is not actually new. In 2011, Arum revealed Pacquiao's political plan.
"It's 2022, that's the year Manny would become eligible to run for the presidency," Arum said in one of his workouts which was covered by media.
"That would be, to me, the biggest achievement of my career, to see this kid how far he has come and how far he can go," he added.
"But I hope I will be alive to see it. I will be age 91. I won't be dancing, I will be in the hospice by then," Arum said with a hearty laugh.
Pacquiao is yet to disclose his plans for the next election. He has two options though and that is to run for re-election as congressman or to seek a senate seat where he would need the support of a major political party.
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