Pacquiao not withdrawing presidential bid despite meeting with Duterte

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FILE PHOTO: (Left) Senator Manny Pacquiao, (Right) President Rodrigo Duterte
FILE PHOTO: (Left) Senator Manny Pacquiao, (Right) President Rodrigo Duterte

Following his meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte, Senator Manny Pacquiao said he will not withdraw from the presidential election.

Months after Duterte and Pacquiao’s dispute, the two had a meeting on Tuesday, (November 9). Also in attendance were Senator Bong Go and Representative Eric Pineda.

According to Go, the meeting was “very quick” and was at the request of Pacquiao’s camp.

“Just a simple meeting. Renewal of friendship, no politics. What’s important is they talked. And for me and Manny, we are friends,” Go said.

For his part, Pacquiao claimed that the meeting was not political in nature, instead, it was an opportunity to discuss their “shared vision for Mindanao."

In a statement, Pacquiao clarified that he isn’t backing out. “There’s no backing out. The fight continues. The meeting with the President was arranged by common friends,” the boxer turned senator said.

“My stand to run for president remains firm. I will jail those erring individuals and improve the lives of our poor countrymen. My win is the win of every Filipino,” he added.

Following reports of Pacquiao’s meeting with the president, Albay 2nd District Rep. Joey Salceda said that Pacquiao had “one last surprise.”

“Let Manny Pacquiao announce it, not me. In the next three days, that’s the last surprise,” Salceda told ONE News on Wednesday.

“What Manny Pacquiao will do is the last surprise, and I think Sara filing for the presidency will be no surprise,” the lawmaker added.

Ana Catalina Paje is a development journalist passionate about grassroots communication geared towards genuine social change. She also writes about showbiz, lifestyle, and all things Pinoy pride. The views expressed are her own.

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