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Manny Pacquiao is idolised by many in the Philippines both for his punching power and rise from poverty to the peak of world boxing. But his support of a deadly war on drugs and homophobic views have drawn plenty of detractors.
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MANILA (Philippine Daily Inquirer/Asia News Network): Manny Pacquiao, who rose to world fame with a phenomenal boxing career before somewhat fading in a lacklustre political career, has thrown his hat in the presidential arena as the standard-bearer of a faction of the PDP-Laban, the ruling party now divided by his political tussles with President Rodrigo Duterte.
Boxing star Manny Pacquiao said he will run for president of the Philippines next year, after railing against corruption in government and what he calls President Rodrigo Duterte’s cozy relationship with China.
MANILA (AFP): Philippine boxer-turned-politician Manny Pacquiao declared Sunday he will run for president in 2022, ending months of speculation about whether the legendary fighter would seek the country's top job.
News highlights from Asean countries in the Star-AseanPlus section for Sunday (Sept 19)
MANILA (Reuters) - A faction of the Philippines' ruling political party on Sunday nominated boxing star Manny Pacquiao as the party's presidential candidate for the 2022 election, his close ally Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III said.
MANILA (Reuters): Boxer Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday (Sept 14) sued for libel an influential celebrity evangelist followed by millions of Filipinos, after he accused the eight-division world champion of embezzling funds intended for a US$70 million sports complex.
MANILA (Reuters) - The daughter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday she would not run for higher office in next year's general election, a remark that did little to dampen speculation that she has her eye on the presidency.
MANILA (Bloomberg): The son of late Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos said he’s eyeing a national post in the 2022 elections, opening the door for a presidential bid that could complicate President Rodrigo Duterte’s political plans.