By Amado Inigo
MANILA — “Gusto ko ‘yung active ako, gusto ko may magagawa ako, gusto ko ‘yung hindi ‘yung nakaupo lang” so said Senator Manny Pacquiao in a Rappler Talk interview.
The lawmaker said the vice presidency may not be an option for him in the 2022 national elections as he wants a more “active” role in government and for him to better “accomplish his goals for the country.”
“Alam mo kasi kung position din lang ang hinahabol ko, pwede akong mag-senador, vice president, pero gusto ko kasi ng pagbabago. Gusto ko – kung sakaling makapagdesisyon ako – gusto ko ‘yung active ako, gusto ko may magagawa ako, gusto ko ‘yung hindi ‘yung nakaupo lang… Wala kang ginagawa,” Pacquiao was quoted as saying during the interview on Monday, September 6.
Asked about his views on the role that Vice President Leni Robredo is doing now, Pacquiao needed to clarify his statement.
“Ang ibig kong sabihin may ginagawa, tumutulong sa ating bayan. Pero ang ibig kong sabihin, wala kang magagawa doon sa mga ahensya na talagang – siyempre kontrol ng president iyan eh. Hindi ka pwedeng manghimasok doon sa –’di ba problema itong korapsyon. Anong gagawin mo roon?”
Including the vice president, the boxing Senator pointed out that he has had meetings with other potential presidential and vice-presidential bets like Mayor Isko Moreno, and Senator Grace Poe although Pacquiao said nothing has been finalized as yet adding he would announce his decision before the filing of the Certificate of Candidacy in October.
Filing of candidacy has been scheduled by the Comelec from Oct. 1-8.
Earlier, Pacquiao said he only had three (3) options: (1) run for president, (2) run for reelection as a senator, and (3) not run at all or retire from politics.
From a solid supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, who also hails from the south, Pacquiao is now considered as among the president’s newest critics that stemmed from inside the ruling PDP-Laban’s leadership struggle.
Pacquiao is the president of one faction of PDP-Laban while another group is led by Duterte and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi that already held a national assembly while the lawmaker was away in the US for his August 21, 2021 title fight.
The said gathering otherwise known as the Cusi faction went on and endorsed Senator Bong Go as its presidential candidate but the latter almost instantly declined the nomination.
Both factions are poised to hold their respective national assemblies and announce their presidential, vice presidential, and senatorial candidates within the month of September or it might be a week before the Oct. 1-8 schedule for the filing of candidacy, insiders said.