Eyed by Marcos as VP? Pacquiao says he will push through with 2022 presidential bid

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 27)— Amid reports that he is being eyed as a running mate of another aspirant, Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday maintained he will push through with his presidential bid in the 2022 polls.

“While I’m flattered of various camps seeking me to be their VP, it requires the presidency para magawa ang mga pangako ko sa mga mahihirap at sa mga nagsisikap na mula sa hirap (to fulfill my promises to the poor and those working their way from poverty),” Pacquiao said in a statement.

“Although I am touched and extremely honored, tuloy ang laban natin sa pagka-pangulo (our fight for the presidency continues),” he added.

In a radio interview earlier in the day, Senator Imee Marcos bared that her brother Bongbong Marcos is eyeing a running mate from the Visayas or Mindanao, citing that her family already has the so-called “solid north” vote.

Marcos said their camp is also considering Pacquiao if the boxer-turned-lawmaker would be willing to “slide down” to the vice presidency.

Meanwhile, Senator Koko Pimentel, who co-leads a PDP-Laban faction with Pacquiao, also noted that the vice presidency is not on the latter’s radar.

“The ticket must be ideologically consistent too. [Manny Pacquiao] and Marcoses are worlds apart in their analysis of what ails our country,” Pimentel said.

Pacquiao formalized his presidential bid earlier this month, being the first hopeful to file his certificate of candidacy for next year's elections. He will be running alongside Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza.