Pacquiao to run under UNA, Binay says

Posted at 07/25/12 5:53 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will seek another term as Sarangani congressman under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) in the 2013 elections, according to Vice-President Jejomar Binay.

Pacquiao has already been sworn in as member of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban), making him an automatic UNA candidate, Binay said Tuesday night.

"Regular member po siya ng PDP-Laban, so magkakandidato po siya sa UNA," he said after the induction ceremony of the Rotary Club of Manila 101 at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

Binay swore into office Pacquiao as Rotary Club of Manila 101 president during the event.

While Pacquiao earlier said he is eyeing the gubernatorial seat of Sarangani in the midterm elections, Binay believes that the boxer will seek another term in the lower House.

"Ang alam ko congressman ulit," the vice-president said.

Binay was all praises for Pacquiao in his speech during the induction ceremony of Rotary Club officials.

"While he has donned his trademark gloves to take on the toughest challengers from the boxing world, he has applied greater effort to advocacies such as education, housing, calamity relief and legislation," he said.

"The last time we saw each other in Las Vegas was not for a title fight, but for the Hope Ball of Gawad Kalinga where Manny donated a generous amount of land to be used for housing projects. His foundation provides healthcare and scholarship programs not just here, but also abroad," Binay added.
"Ngayong gabi, dinaig mo ako Manny. Presidente ka na. Ako'y vice president pa rin," he said in jest.

Binay is expected to run for President in the 2016 national elections, while Pacquiao is allegedly being groomed as a vice-presidential bet after 2016, when he meets the age qualification.