Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is still not decided on whether he will run for president next year although he will be holding talks with Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo once he returns to the Philippines.
Also, Pacquiao said that the faction within the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) led by Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi has not reached out to him, despite claim that it is eyeing the world boxing icon to lead its presidential slate.
Pacquiao said that he is open to talking to other parties outside of the ruling party, adding: “on one condition – pareho ang goals namin (we have the same goals).”
The senator lost in his latest boxing bout to Yordenis Ugas of Cuba.
For her part, support for the possible presidential bid of Robredo seems to be growing as the Alliance of Labor Leaders for Leni has launched “#All 4 Leni”.
“Naniniwala ang #ALL4Leni na lalawak ang demokratikong espasyo kapag nahalal si Leni Robredo bilang pangulo dahil sa kanyang track record (#ALL4Leni believes that the democratic space will expand if Robredo is elected because she has a track record),” the group said.
Like Pacquiao, Robredo has yet to formally reveal her political plans for 2022 although she was approached by Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson for a possible alliance.