Senator Manny Pacquiao vowed that he wouldn’t give any favors to individuals helping him in his 2022 presidential bid.
MANNY PACQUIAO — The presidential aspirant vowed that he wouldn’t give any favors to individuals helping him in his 2022 presidential bid.
Pacquiao was asked in an interview over ABS-CBN’s TeleRadyo on Wednesday if there were businessmen contributing to his campaign. According to him, admitted that he has businessmen friends who helped him in his 2022 presidential bid.
When asked if those individuals who were helping him were asking for favors in return, the senator said that he told those individuals that he will not compromise.
“May mga kaibigan ako dito sa Pilipinas na tumutulong, mahirap naman magsabi na wala, tumutulong kahit papaano para maka-survive,” Pacquiao said. “Kapag may tumulong, sinasabi ko na hindi ako makipag-compromise.”
The senator was running for president in the 2022 elections under the Probinsya Muna Development Initiative (PROMDI), an allied group of the PDP-Laban Pimentel faction.
Pacquiao maintained that he’s firm on running for president and will only consider withdrawing from the presidential race if he got instructions to do so from God.
Meanwhile, Pacquiao said that Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi, not President Rodrigo Duterte, was the reason for the “infighting” in the ruling PDP-Laban party.
Pacquiao said that Cusi had a lot of “vested interest” in PDP-Laban.
“Ang dahilan dyan ay si Cusi,” Pacquiao said. “Siya ang may nakikita natin maraming vested interest dyan. Kalaunan, iniwanan din nila ang partido, wala tuloy tumakbo ng presidente sa partido PDP.”
On Tuesday, Pacquiao insisted that he won’t stop giving relief and cash to the public until the campaign season officially started next year.
The senator said that politicians should do the same since it’s the Christmas season.
He also said that the aid could help those affected by the pandemic, adding that he would only stop giving away relief and cash once the official campaign period started or if he’s forbidden by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).