“Manny should run for governor [of Sarangani province].”
This was the advice of boxing enthusiast Romulo Macalintal as he stressed that the Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani representative is too young and inexperienced to seek the presidency.
Macalintal, an election lawyer, said Pacquaio would be more effective if he will run for a position in the local government.
“Huwag muna siya tatakbo sa pagka-senador o presidente. Kung talagang gusto nya sa higher position pagbutihin nya muna sa local government,” Macalintal said at the Fernandina media forum at Club Filipino in Greenhillls, San Juan City on Wednesday.
But according to boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielz, Pacquaio is serious about running for national office in 2016.
“Sinabi nya sa akin tatakbo siya (he told me he will run),” he said.
Though he admitted that the Filipino boxing champ lacks political experience, the charismatic and God-fearing prizefighter can be a good choice for president.
“We have a lot of brilliant men who are former president of this country, so what happened? The only honest president that we have is [Ramon] Magsaysay,” Nathanielz said, stressing that what the country needs is not just a competent leader but an honest person who will truly serve the interests of the Filipino people.
“He [Pacquaio] should run for an executive office. He should run for president,” the boxing analyst added.
But Macalintal noted that Pacquaio is not yet qualified to run for president next year for he will only be 37. The constitution requires presidential candidates to be at least 40 years old.