Here’s the response of Manny Pacquiao when asked about role of Chavit Singson if wins president in the coming elections
MANNY PACQUIAO – The incumbent senator and presidential aspirant said longtime ally, Chavit Singson, “left him hanging.”
The boxer-turned-politician was among the first to file a candidacy for president in a recent filing.
He will go against presidential aspirants; Vice President Leni Robredo, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, former senator Bongbong Marcos, as well as senators, Ping Lacson and Bato dela Rosa.
In an interview, he was asked about the possible role of the Narvacan mayor if he wins in the 2022 presidential race.
“Tapos na po ‘yang issue na ‘yan. Iniwanan na nga po ako sa ere, iniwanan na ako ngayon dahil nanindigan po tayo sa tama,” Pacquiao said.
The rift between the two started following a disagreement over the increase in alcohol and tobacco taxes.
At the time, he told Singson that he could not bear increasing the taxes on basic commodities like food but Pacquiao claimed that the issue between them is already over.
Despite Chavit withdrew his support to the boxer-turned-politician, Pacquiao stressed he does not hold a grudge against him.
It was in 2019 when President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the increase in the excise tax on tobacco products otherwise known as Republic Act 11346.
Manny Pacquiao was one of the principal authors of RA 11346, which imposed an excise tax increase of P45 to P60 per cigarette pack starting 2020 until 2023, and a 5% yearly increase beginning January 1, 2024.
At press time, the senator is gearing up in his candidacy for the May 2022 elections while Singson previously withdrew his candidacy against his son for the vice gubernatorial post.
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