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From Boxing Legend To Philippine Senator – Manny Pacquiao Vows To Serve God And Country

Manny Pacquiao’s faith and call to serve has taken him one more significant step toward a possible run at the Philippines presidency with his Thursday proclamation as a senator.

No proclamation of winners yet, but Pacquaio made a sacred vow that “he won’t let the people who voted him into office down” when he assumes office.

Pacquiao released a statement Thursday in which he spoke of his vision for his six-year term in the Senate.
From Boxing Legend To Philippine Senator – Manny Pacquiao Vows To Serve God And Country
His statement in full:
Several months ago, we mounted a campaign to heed the call for help from the poor and downtrodden Filipino masses. We went out and joined them in their homes and places of work, we listened to their longings and assured them that a new beginning is coming. Over the past week, we heard those same voices strongly during the recent national electoral process. The message was very clear: Filipinos want their government back in the hands of the ordinary people. They want a new set of leaders who would stand up for their aspirations and share their goals. For that reason alone, I accept the challenge with utmost humility and gratitude. For the millions of common folks who believe in my capacity to put into words what they cannot express; to champion the causes closest to their hearts; and to serve them in a higher and greater platform, you have just won a seat in the Senate. My dearest kababayans, the victory is really yours. I want to reiterate what I have been telling my countrymen from the mountain ranges in Luzon, to the coastal towns of Visayas, to the riverside settlements of Mindanao: I will not let you down. I will not steal from you. I will not fail you. Rest assured I do everything for God and our country.

He is distancing himself from some traditional politicians, saying he did not enter politics to enrich himself or will politics be his bread and butter.
From Boxing Legend To Philippine Senator – Manny Pacquiao Vows To Serve God And Country
While admitting he does not have the educational attainment for a senator, Pacquaio said his clean intentions and the desire to alleviate poverty is his enabling reason for an effective lawmaker.

He said free education, better life of the teachers and farmers, and improving the country’s sports programs would be his focus in his six years in office.

It signals the end of his legendary boxing career, which began as a child when he left home to fight to earn money for his destitute family.
From Boxing Legend To Philippine Senator – Manny Pacquiao Vows To Serve God And Country
He rose to unimaginable heights, winning world titles in a record eight weight classes and becoming one of the two most popular fighters in the world. He was involved in three of the 14 best-selling pay-per-views in boxing history and developed a loyal and passionate fan base.

Pacquiao, who ends his career with a 58-6-2 mark and 38 knockouts, turned professional in 1995, just a month after his 16th birthday, as a 106-pounder. He went on to win world titles at flyweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, super lightweight, welterweight and super welterweight.

Manny Pacquiao has been a shining example of his faith in the ring and now has the opportunity to do so within the Philippine government.
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