"In 2016, I am going to run [for] vice president. No more boxing at that time."
This was the big announcement made by Pinoy boxing champ Manny Pacquiao during the fourth leg of the press tour for his bout against Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez in Mexico.
Based on the report of GMA News today, September 9, the Sarangani representative is also planning to seek the gubernatorial post in the same province in Mindanao before making a bid for the second highest government post.
The next elections in the Philippines will be in 2013, while the next presidential elections will be in 2016.
It can be recalled that Pacquiao made his first attempt to enter politics in 2007 when he ran for congressman in his hometown General Santos City.
However, he lost to then incumbent Sarangani representative Darlene Antonino-Custodio.
Pacquiao ran for the same post in the local election in 2010, but in neighboring Sarangani province, where he defeated businessman Roy Chiongbian.
Meanwhile, in a separate report by GMA News, Commission on Elections chief Sixto Brillantes Jr. said that the Pinoy boxing icon cannot not run for vice president because of his age.
Article VII, Section 3 of the 1987 of the Constitution states that "a person may be elected vice president if he is a natural-born citizen of the Philippines, a registered voter, able to read and write, at least 40 years of age on the day of the election, and a resident of the Philippines for at least ten years immediately preceding such election."
Pacquiao was born on December 17, 1978. He will only be 37 years old during the elections on May 2016.
"Baka naman nagbibiro lang siya. He can’t run for either vice-president or president by 2016," he said in a phone interview with GMA News.
Brillantes, however, said Pacquiao can still run for senator by 2016 because the minimum age requirement for a senatorial candidate is 35.