PDP-Laban Pimentel wing eyes Pacquiao as presidential bet

Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines speaks during a press conference after his defeat to Yordenis Ugas of Cuba in the WBA Welterweight Championship boxing match at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 21, 2021. (Photo by Patrick T. FALLON / AFP)

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Manny Pacquiao will “for sure” be nominated as


’s standard-bearer for 2022 during his wing’s own national assembly in September,

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel

said Wednesday.

“Consultation among party members is ongoing. So far one name is being mentioned: MANNY PACQUIAO,” Pimentel told INQUIRER.net when asked if his and Pacquiao’s group plans to nominate a presidential candidate during their national assembly in September.


“Someone will for sure nominate him (Pacquiao) and then the Comelec (Commission on Election) will ask if he accepts the nomination. We still have to wait for his answer,” Pimentel went on.

The assembly to be led by the Pacquiao-Pimentel group is separate from the national convention that the Cusi-led faction will be holding on September 8.


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“Iba yung pamamaraan namin, yun yung mas common. Unahin namin ang pag-determine ng presidential candidate…Yung pagpili ng vice president, at saka yung mga senador ipasa niyo na sa presidential candidate,” Pimentel said in a separate interview on dzBB.

The Cusi-led wing earlier endorsed the tandem of Senator Bong Go and President Rodrigo Duterte for the 2022 polls.

On Tuesday, the

Cusi-led faction

announced that Duterte has accepted their endorsement to run for vice president in 2022.

Meanwhile, Go insists he is “still not interested” to run for the presidency.

The Cusi-led faction’s endorsement of the

Go-Duterte tandem

will still be subject to a vote during its September 8 convention.


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