Asked about Pacquiao’s presidential plans, a veteran lawmaker says he should do something first.
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In the latest celebrity update, the political House Speaker Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. advice to Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao is to ‘become a senator first’.
Belmonte told Pacquiao in his interview to join the senatorial race first before he even thinks of running for president.
“He should first aspire for senatorship and not dream of becoming president right away. He needs to be a senator first. He needs the training for senatorial level,” he said.
Pacquiao admitted considering to join the presidential race when he finally hangs up his gloves according to his interview in Macau over the weekend.
However, Belmonte would rather have Pacquaio focus on his upcoming bout against U.S. boxer Brandon Rios in November.
Belmonte also clarified that the re-elected Saranggani representatives is qualified to run for presidency.
“Let’s face it anybody can run. Anybody who has the constitutional qualification,” he said.
In fact, under the law, a presidential aspirant must be “a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write…”
He must also be at least 40 years old and must have been a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election.