MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Jejomar Binay announced on Friday that boxing icon and Saranggani Representative Manny Pacquiao would be included in his senatorial slate in 2016.
Binay, in an interview, said 40-year-old Pacquiao was qualified to run for the Senate.
Pacquiao ran as congressman under the Nacionalista Party headed by former Senator Manny Villar, who ran for president in 2010 and was PDP-Laban’s gubernatorial candidate in 2012.
“35 (years old) sa Senate? Pwede na (A 35-year-old in the Senate. Could be),” he said.
Asked then by a reporter if Pacquiao would be his bet, “Oo! Basta isasama namin sa slate ‘yan (Yes, we will include him in the slate),” Binay said.
Binay refused to identify the other candidates who would be included in his senatorial ticket.
“Ayoko na. Dahan-dahan lang…Walang excitement pagka nalaman later on (That’s enough. Let’s take it slowly . . . There won’t be any excitement after they’re known later on),” he said.
Binay has openly declared his intention to run for president in 2016.