Manny Pacquiao Wins Seat in Philippines Senate

Manny Pacquiao Wins Seat in Philippines Senate
Manny Pacquiao Wins Seat in Philippines Senate

Manny Pacquiao Wins Seat in Philippines Senate

Retired boxing star Manny Pacquiao recorded a big political success Thursday with election into the Philippines senate.

The boxing legend is a two-time Congressman and stepped it up on Thursday after he was declared among 12 new members of the country’s upper house of Congress, following a general election where 80 percent of 55 million eligible voters turned out, Mirror reports.

“I can focus and discipline myself, the way I did in boxing to help the nation,” Pacquiao told reporters, saying, as a new senator, he would push for free education at all levels.

Manny and his fellow Senators. Image: Mirror

Manny and his fellow Senators. Image: Mirror

The world champion says he favours restoring the death penalty for drug-related and other serious crimes, as President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ask Congress to re-introduce a the law that was repealed in 2006.

“In the eyes of God, it is not unlawful,” Pacquiao, a conservative Christian, said.

The 37-year-old WBO welterweight champion, adored in his homeland for his grass to grace story, won more than 16 million votes to come in seventh place.

He faced a major storm early this year after making scathing remarks about gays and lesbians, with his ratings plummeting ahead of the polls.

However, a strong victory over American champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas to win the WBO welterweight title saw his glory restored in his homeland.

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