MANILA, Philippines—Politicians who ride on the fame of Manny Pacquiao are forewarned: Don’t inject politics into any victory celebration for him when he comes home—unless you want to run afoul of election campaign laws.
“It’s a warning. Don’t use the victory parade for (your) own political purposes,” Election Commissioner Gregorio Larrazabal said Monday, referring to national and local candidates who aim to bask in Pacquiao’s glory following his one-sided win over Ghana’s Joshua Clottey last weekend in Texas.
In other words, keep politics out of any celebration in honor of the boxing champ.
“This one is a national event, a sporting event, it’s not an event that’s owned by any particular group, politician or political party,” said the Commission on Elections official.