GENERAL SANTOS CITY: Boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao may be preparing for the 2016 senatorial race.
His younger brother, General Santos City Councilor Rogelio “Ruel” Pacquiao said their political party, People’s Champ Movement (PCM), has decided to field him as its official candidate for Sarangani’s lone congressional district seat following a series of consultations.
“The party leadership had a long discussion about this and made consultations with our members. It eventually decided I’m the party’s best bet for the post and congressman Manny’s replacement,” he told reporters.
The younger Pacquiao said he expects his brother to make an official announcement soon regarding his Senate bid.
The boxing superstar announced here earlier this month that he is seriously considering making a run for a Senate seat in the 2016 elections.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, who had declared his run for president under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), had offered a slot for Pacquiao in its senatorial lineup.
The PCM, which had forged an alliance with UNA, dominated the 2013 elections here and nearby Sarangani Province.
Next year’s congressional run will be the second for the younger Pacquiao, who represents the Liga ng mga Barangay in the city council.
Rogelio, who is chairman of Barangay Apopong, ran and lost to incumbent Rep. Pedro Acharo Jr. of the Achievers with Integrity Movement-Liberal Party in the race for South Cotabato’s first congressional district seat.
He said PCM is considering fielding outgoing City Councilor Dominador Lagare 3rd as Acharon’s challenger.
Another brother of Rep. Pacquiao, Labangal barangay councilor Alberto or “Bobby,” was included by the PCM in its city council slate for next year’s polls.
Alberto’s wife Lorelei is on her second term as chairman of Barangay Labangal.
Incumbent Sarangani Vice Gov. Geraldine “Jinkee” Pacquiao, the congressman’s wife, had declared that she would retire from politics so she could concentrate on taking care of her family.