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Days after the joint Easter Sunday press conference with three presidential bets, Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday (April 20) hit Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno's calls for Vice President Leni Robredo to withdraw from the race.
.@MannyPacquiao breaks his silence on the Manila Pen press con of presidential bets that he was supposed to attend: Yung press con na 'yun sa pagkakaisa na magkaroon ng malinis na halalan... Wala sa usapan yung manira tayo ng tao, magsasabing mag-withdraw ka | @xianneangel pic.twitter.com/KOiwyrZQh1
— CNN Philippines (@cnnphilippines) April 20, 2022
“Wala sa usapan yung manira tayo ng tao... magsasabing mag-withdraw ka, wala naman kaming ano... [pinag-usapan] (We never agreed on defaming anyone… calling on others to withdraw from the race, we didn’t discuss anything like that),” Pacquiao said.
Moreno on Sunday called on the vice president to “be a hero” and make a sacrifice by backing out from the 2022 national elections.
He mentioned that the press conference was really meant to call for “clean elections.”
“Yung press con na 'yun sa pagkakaisa na magkaroon ng malinis na halalan... Magkaroon ng pagtutulungan sa ating adhikain na tulungan ang ating mga kababayan at ang bansa natin, solusyonan ang mga problema,” he said.
(That press con was meant to call for unity in having clean elections… Supporting each other in our goal to help our countrymen and our nation, providing solutions to our problems.)
The senator also added that he did not expect the call for withdrawal in the press conference.
“Unexpected yung mga sinabi doon (What was said there was unexpected),” he said.
Senator Ping Lacson mentioned on Sunday that the withdrawal remark was solely Moreno’s idea. Like Pacquiao, he did not expect Moreno to make such a statement. Former Defense Secretary Norberto Gonzales meanwhile apologized to Robredo for the remark.
Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.
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