After making a name of her own as a celebrity beauty endorser, the wife of People's Champ Manny Pacquiao has set out to make her mark in politics.
Jinkee Pacquiao is running for vice governor of Saranggani, the province represented by her husband who is now seeking a second term in Congress, reports said.
The Pacquaios filed their certificates of candidacy at the local Commission on Elections office Tuesday, along with Saranggani Vice Governor and gubernatorial bidder Steve Solon.
Jinkee's decision to run was finalized only hours before Manny's scheduled filing, reports claimed, noting that it was the outcome of consultations between Manny and some allies.
Pacquiao leads a regional political party called the "People's Champ Movement," which is affiliated with Vice President Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance (UNA).
At an earlier UNA media briefing, Pacqiao has floated the possibility that his ally, incumbent Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez, will run as vice governor.
Dominguez has been governor for three consecutive terms.
"Pinag-iisipan pa niya kung tatakbo siya as vice-governor o magpapahinga muna (He is still deciding between running as vice-governor and taking a break)," Pacquiao said.
Dominguez, however, declined Pacquaio's offers, noting that he prefers an executive post over legislative ones, reports said.
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