Pacquiao to run for governor in 2013

Posted at 03/20/2012 12:47 AM | Updated as of 05/09/2012 4:20 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Sarangani Rep. and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will run for governor of Sarangani province in 2013.

In an interview with Korina Sanchez, Pacquiao revealed his future political plans.

“Sa 2013, mag-go-governor ako,” he said.

“Mas gusto ko kasi ang action, trabaho, pag-implement ng lahat ng mga projects, matulungan ang mga tao na kailangang tulungan,” Pacquiao explained when asked why he planned to leave Congress.

Pacquiao won a seat in the House of Representatives in the 2010 elections, but he is noted for being one of the top absentees in the House.

Pacquiao was in session for only 27 days last year. Of the 32 days that he missed, 21 were without official notice.

In March 2011, Pacquiao appealed for understanding after he missed the House’s plenary session on the impeachment case of then-Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez..