• 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, criticized for his absenteeism, said he will do his best to improve his attendance
  • Pacquiao is considering competing in the Rio Olympics in August 

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. Pacquiao garnered more than 16M votes which brought him to 7th place among the 12 winning senators in the May 9 elections.

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.

Pacquiao, considered a hero by the Philippines, expressed earlier this year his plan to retire from boxing and become a full-time politician. However at the proclamation ceremony, he told reporters that he is considering participation in the Olympics in August but he is reluctant as he was criticized for his poor attendance as Sarangani congressman.

“I need to ask if the Filipino people will allow me to participate in the Olympics,” he added.

Pacquiao was known for his absenteeism and underperformance during his stint in the House of Representatives.

“Hindi yata tama ang mangako ka as a Christian. Pag nangako ka, for example, nangako ka na perfect attendance ka, tapos let’s say nagkasakit ka, hindi mo na natupad ang pangako mo.” Pacquiao said when asked if he can promise to improve his attendance in the Senate, as per an article published by Rappler.

[It’s not right to make a promise as a Christian. If you promise, for example, that you will have a perfect attendance, and you get sick, then you fail to fulfill your promise.]

Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines executive Ed Picson said they are waiting for Pacquiao’s final decision in competing in the Rio Olympics, where the boxing champ is expected to win the country’s first gold medal, as mentioned in an article published by Inquirer.