Filipino boxing superstar and Sarangani congressman Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao is among the big names being considered by the opposition in its senatorial line-up for the 2016 elections, Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito said on Tuesday.
”As of now, we have not talked about it but there’s a lot of possible names like Manny Pacquiao. Yes, Manny is being considered,” Ejercito told reporters in an interview.
According to him, the opposition is yet to start its full preparations for the next elections.
”As of now, we have not really started our preparation although our titular head is doing very well in the survey,” Ejercito said, referring to Vice President Jejomar Binay who declared his intention to run for President as early as 2010.
A recent Pulse Asia survey showed that the Vice President remains the top presidential choice for the 2016 elections.
But Ejercito said Binay will not talk about his possible running mate until “probably next year.”
”It’s too early to prepare for that. Perhaps in January next year. Anything can still happen,” he added.
Aside from Pacquiao, Ejercito said former senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Richard Gordon are also being considered as opposition senatorial candidates.
Zubiri and Gordon failed to make it to the Magic 12 in the mid-term 2013 senatorial polls dominated 9-3 by administration candidates.