MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles) – Filipinos have long expected President NoyNoy Aquino to endorse his close ally, Local Governments and Interior Secretary Mar Roxas for the 2016 presidential elections. But today’s announcement shocked the entire nation: Aquino has endorsed world boxing champion and congressman Manny Pacquiao!
Aquino revealed his endorsement after Pacquiao made a rare appearance in the Lower House yesterday and unexpectedly made a pitch for President Aquino who is currently parrying calls for his resignation from office due to the Mamasapano encounter with rebels where 44 police officers with the Special Action Force lost their lives.
Pacquiao said Aquino should not resign as he shot back at the President’s critics for judging the Chief Executive too harshly.
This is an unusual show of support for the President from Pacquiao who has been allied with the opposition group, United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), which is expected to draft the world champion boxer in its senatorial lineup in 2016.
In announcing his endorsement for the boxer, Aquino said that Pacquiao is well qualified to succeed him because he embodies the fighting character, integrity, and love for country that are needed to make the Philippines great once again. “Pacquiao also has the respect of world leaders because of the name recognition he has built for himself as a world boxing champion.”
Aquino added that Pacquiao even has a new movie, “Manny” which has just been released internationally. “Filipinos love to elect movie actors so I am confident they will have no problem electing Pacquiao,” he said.
Asked by reporters if Pacquiao’s record as a top lawmaker absentee in Congress will hurt his chances for election, Aquino categorically said, “Not at all! The position of president is a 24-hour, 7 days-a-week job, so his absenteeism is not going to matter much. In fact, because he will reside in Malacanang (presidential palace), he will be present every day.”
Roxas could not be reached for comment, but we expect a fuming mad, foul-mouthed reaction to today’s presidential endorsement.