Manny Pacquiao On 2022 Presidential Run: 'This Country Needs MP'
Senator Manny Pacquiao refused to say for certain whether he would run for President in 2022, and instead proposed "MP" to solve the country's many woes. The Philippines needs a "master plan," he said.
Of course, MP is also Pacquiao's boxing initials that is emblazoned on sports merchandise. Interviewed on GMA News, he said the country's three most pressing problems are jobs, housing and healthcare.
"This country needs MP, master plan," he said.
The senator, who is among frontrunners in surveys for president and vice president, also said he would address corruption. He likened corruption in government to a leaky faucet. The holes must be plugged, he said.
Referencing his boxing roots, Pacquiao also said results should come quick.
"To become a President is destiny. Kung papayagan ng Panginoon yan, at ako naman ay nandito bilang senador ginagampanan ang trabhao ko, kaya siguro ako andito," he said.
"Hindi ko naman yan pinangarap. Andito ako for a purpose and that purpose is to be an inspiration the Filipino people, hindi lang sa larangan ng boxing kundi sa larangan ng public service," he said.
Pacquiao said it was his dream for every Filipino to have their own home.
On corruption, he said: "Ito ang pinakaayaw ko sa buhay, yung mga corrupt, mga corrupt official yung magnanakaw yung mga kawatan na opisyal sa gobyerno," he said.
"Para sa mga kurakot, MP, mega prison," he said.
This story originally appeared on Reportr.world. Minor edits have been made by Esquiremag.ph editors.