Manny Pacquiao issued a call for clean and honest elections next year even as he shelved his political plans for the 2010 polls to concentrate on his upcoming fight with British champion Ricky Hatton.
In a move that caught everybody by surprise, Pacquiao decided not to read a prepared statement distributed to the media in a press conference in Makati yesterday where the Filipino boxing sensation was supposed to officially declare his intention to run for a congressional seat in the province of Saranggani.
After a brief talk with his election adviser Atty. Romy Macalintal, Pacquiao delivered his message calling for an honest and clean elections next year.
“I am here to call on my fellow Filipinos to help ensure a clean and orderly elections next year,” said Pacquiao in Filipino.
He, however, stressed he is not endorsing a particular candidate at this stage.
Pacquiao also called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to do its job and prevent cheating in the 2010 polls.
In a chat with reporters, Pacquiao said he is concentrating on his coming fight against Hatton and not the 2010 elections.
But he did give hint at running for a congressional seat in Saranggani.
“I spent years of my life in that province. I have a house there and my wife is from there,” said Pacquiao in Filipino.