Bible-preaching Pacquiao: 'Only God can stop me from seeking presidency'

Published December 9, 2021, 3:56 PM

by Ben Rosario

Unless God gives a sign for him to serve the people in another way, presidential aspirant Sen. Manny Pacquiao will go full steam ahead in seeking to lead the country in the next six years.

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In a recent radio interview, the country’s pride in boxing said he will stop at nothing to clean the government of corruption and uplift the lives of the poor, from where he belonged years before he became an eight-division world boxing champ and breach the list of the country’s richest.

“Kapag ang Panginoon po ang nagsabi na huminto ako ay susundin ko po, pero wala na pong atrasan ang aking pagtakbo dahil para sa tao at sa bayan (ang laban) na ito. (If God tells e to stop I will follow, but there is no retreat in my bid to serve our countrymen),” he said during the interview with radio hosts Tony Velasquez and Danny Buenafe in the On he Spot program aired over DZMM.

Asked to cite the Bible scripture best describes the current situation of the country, the senator who is also known to be deeply religious said it is Psalm 89:14 that states “righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne, love and faithfulness go before you.”

He then explained that justice is the foundation of a strong nation and that it can only be attained if corruption and other government irregularities are weeded out.

“Magiging maganda ang pamamalakad ng gobyerno kung mawawala ang corruption. (Government will operate smoothly if corruption is eradicated).” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao’s faith in God is well known. For many years now, the senator preaches the Bible even as he helped build many churches and chapels to propagate the Christian faith.

In the same interview, Pacquiao lamented that division marred the dominant PDP-Laban party, saying that this was started when Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi started sowing intrigue between the two factions.

He used to head the PDP-Laban until Cusi and his group sought a change in leadership.

Pacquiao said that in the end PDP-Laban was left without a candidate for president and vice president.

The senator is running under the banner of Promdi, but is backed by the MP3 Alliance of Promdi, PDP-Laban and People’s Champ Movement.