Senator Manny Pacquiao has the backing of Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III to be the standard bearer of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) party for 2022.
Pimentel, the party’s executive vice chairman, said Pacquiao has been preparing to run for president.
“I think he will be a good choice of the party to push for president but of course, running should be voluntary, the person should be willing to run for that particular position,” Pimentel said in a television interview.
“It seems that he has been preparing for this possibility. He has many ideas and he has been explaining his ideas, the program of the government, his platform,” he added.
Pacquiao, the PDP-Laban president, has yet to make an official announcement on his official plans for 2022.
Pimentel said that an individual who wants to be president should enjoy popular support.
“It is time to look at the heart. Look at the heart, the heart is in the right place with the right motivation, with the right feelings and emotions,” he added.
The PDP-Laban during its recent national assembly in Cebu has not yet declared its presidential bet for 2022 although it formally urged President Rodrigo Duterte to run for vice president. Pacquiao opposed the holding of the national assembly in Cebu. SOVEREIGNPH