Incumbent senator Manny Pacquiao has been warmly welcomed in most of his campaign sorties. (Photo supplied)
By Tracy Cabrera
BACOOR, CAVITE — Amidst rumors that he is withdrawing from the presidential race, Probinsya Muna Development Initiative (PROMDI) presidential candidate Sen. Emmanuel ‘Manny’ Pacquiao has clarified there is no stopping for him from seeking the presidency in the forthcoming May 9 elections.
“I am not backing out,” Pacquiao stressed in a media briefing held in Bacoor, Cavite prior to his meeting with hundreds of supporters in the province which ranks second nationwide in voting population with 2.3 million registered voters.
“If you can see, I usually go to depressed areas to know their real conditions,” he said after gracing an event at Barangay Sineguelasan where tahong and talaba farming are the townfolks’ main source of livelihood.
The incumbent senator once again vowed to address poverty in the country through policies that would assist small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and enhance their capabilities for the speedy of the economy apart from generating employment and livelihood to millions of poor Filipinos.
He also said that in order to resolve poverty, corruption in almost all government agencies from the highest to the lowest must be effectively eliminated in order to deliver genuine public service to the citizenry and cut down on the wastage of public funds that often fill the pockets of corrupt officials.
“Kapag ako ang nanalo, kakaladkarin ko sa kulungan ang mga korap. Panahon na para ipaglaban natin ang kapakanan at kinabukasan ng sambayanan,” he pointed out.
Based on results of the latest surveys, however, boxing’s only eight-division champion continues to lag behind the frontrunners, tailing former senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr. and vice president Maria Leonor ‘Leni’ Robredo and statistically tied at fourth position with Manila mayor Isko Moreno.
The past few weeks, Pacquiao has been touring the provinces and far-flung areas of Metro Manila. In Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, and Pampanga, Pacquiao was warmly received by the people, but he admits that while the response has been heartwarming just about everywhere he goes, it doesn’t mean these would translate into votes. (ai/mtvn)