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Pacquiao says he has no questionable wealth; vows to fight corruption

Pacquiao says he has no questionable wealth; vows to fight corruption

CITY OF MALOLOS—Presidential aspirant and Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday (Nov. 17) took a swipe at other candidates who have “questionable” wealth as he visited the province of Bulacan.

Pacquiao, a retired boxing champion, paid a courtesy call to Gov. Daniel Fernando and held a press conference where he told reporters that no one could question how he managed to buy expensive clothes and watches unlike other individuals running in the 2022 elections.

“Ako kaya kong magsuot ng ganitong relo na mamahalin kasi alam naman ng lahat ng tao kung saan galing ang ipinambili ko, dugo’t pawis ko. Iyong iba kunwari mahirap sila, di nagsusuot ng mamahaling relo o kaya nahihiya isuot kasi kung saan galing ang ipinambili,” the senator said.

He added: “Masakit na sa ulo at tenga ng mga tao ang corruption. Gusto ko makita sa kulungan ang mga kawatan, ito ang kaligayahan ko,” he said.

Pacquiao vowed to bring “real change” and reform against corruption, and improve the economy by encouraging foreign investors, some of whom are his friends.

This way, he said, Filipinos would have jobs, especially those who were displaced by the pandemic.

Pacquiao also described the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis as “something I can’t be proud of.”

“Pag masama ang image sa ibang bansa, nakayuko lang ako. Kulelat ang Pilipinas sa laban sa COVID-19,” he said.

Fernando said he would welcome any presidential candidate in the province, noting that Senator Ping Lacson, former Senator Bongbong Marcos Jr. and the staff of Vice President Leni Robredo had already paid him a visit recently.

JPV