By Alon Calinao Dy: Vice President Jejomar Binay is confident that he is expected to win in the 2016 presidential election because he knows Pacquiao is going to support him all the way. Congressman Pacquiao of Sarangani is rumored to run as a senator next year under the new United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) party by VP Binay.
Pacquiao is one of the best boxers in the world. He is also an eight-division world champion, but unfortunately, he was defeated by Floyd Mayweather Jr. in one of the biggest fights of the century. He has a huge following in the sweet science, but it does not mean he will have the same kind of support in politics.
Netizens are frustrated when they'd learned that Pacquiao gave his support to Binay rather than to Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who is known for his outstanding record in politics that made Davao City as the 9th safest place in the world.
Some Filipino registered voters said that they will not vote Pacquiao as a senator because he has preferred the wrong candidate. Possibly, these supporters of the Filipino Champ have expected so much that he will choose a presidential candidate who hails from Mindanao. Let's just respect Pacquiao's decision.
In one of the interviews, Pacquiao said “May karapatan naman namely," referring to the new party he's committed to endorse in the coming election.
I thought that Pacquiao is a wise political leader who is going to support the beloved mayor of Davao City. But like any avid fan of Pacquiao, I am also disappointed with his decision to support VP Binay. Perhaps, he's seen something good, why he wants to support the vice president that his critics won't never understand.
I guess it is good for Manny Pacquiao to run as an independent. His popularity as a celebrated boxer and a philanthropist is a big plus to elect him as a future senator. I want him to be mindful of the people around him. If ever Mayor Duterte runs for the presidency in 2016, I think it is better for Pacquiao to support him all the way.