• People’s champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was proclaimed on Thursday, May 19, by Comelec as one of the winners in the recent senatorial elections
  • Pacquiao garnered more than 16M and placed 7th among the 12 winning senators in the May 9 elections
  • He said his first bill is to grant free education to children from impoverished families

The boxing legend-turned-statesman Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao was proclaimed by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) as one of the victors of Philippine Senate seats on Thursday; May 19, 2016.

During the proclamation ceremony, an elections commissioner introduced Pacquiao as the “people’s champion” and called out his name in the same fashion as in the boxing ring, to which the audience gave a rousing cheer.

As a Senate newbie, Pacquiao accepted the challenge “with utmost humility and gratitude”, as mentioned in an article published by LA Times.

“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.” Pacquiao said in his acceptance speech.

“For those who still do not fully believe in my intentions and capabilities — those whose trust I have yet to gain – I’ll work harder to reach out to you and get you on the side of our helpless Filipino masses,” he said, “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.”

Pacquiao, as per an article published by Inquirer, said his first bill as Senator is to grant free elementary to college education for children coming from poor families. He also expressed his support to President-elect Rodrigo Duterte who endorsed the boxing legend during the campaign period despite running under the ticket of losing presidential candidate Jejomar Binay.

Pacquiao won the seat by virtue of more than 16M votes and a 7th place finish in the 12 open Senate seats.

Watch Pacquiao’s proclamation below: