Manny Pacquiao is on his way to the Senate

Is he also setting his sights on Malacanang?

Manny Pacquiao

 

(SPOT.ph) Despite being labeled as the number one absentee in the House of Representatives, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s popularity seems to be enduring as it translated to votes in favor for the retired boxing icon.

 

Pacquiao has climbed to the seventh spot as he raked in millions of votes in the senatorial race as of today, May 11. With 15,492,267 votes, he silently overtook Risa Hontiveros and Kiko Pangilinan who also both had over 15 million votes each. Hontiveros and Pangilinan were previously in the seventh and eighth places, respectively.

 

These figures are based on GMA News’ election results that reflect 95.37% of election returns as of 9:45 a.m.

 

Meanwhile, the rankings for the other senatorial candidates remain unchanged with Franklin Drilon, Joel Villanueva, Vicente Sotto, Panfilo Lacson, Richard Gordon, and Miguel Zubiri taking the top six spots in the race, Interaksyon reported. Sherwin Gatchalian, Ralph Recto, and Leila de Lima likewise remained at the tenth to twelfth spots after Pangilinan’s drop to ninth place.

 

With this development and his inevitable rise to the Senate, Pacquiao seems to be closer to his dreams of getting to Malacanang. But for now, his critics maintain that Pacquiao, a high school dropout who has chosen to focus on sports instead of his duties as a legislator as reflected in his dismal attendance is not fit to be a Senator. Pacquiao has insisted that the challenges he went through as a street kid to an internationally famous athlete makes him qualified for the job, the Inquirer reported.

 

Pacquiao’s presumptive win at the Senate comes at a time when the nation is clamoring for change, with the voting public apparently shunning traditional politicians and selecting Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte as the next president despite his controversial statements.

 

Photo from GMA News

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