PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
9. PACQUIAO, MANNY PACMAN
ABAG PROMDI

Manny Pacquiao, 43, is a Philippine legislator who has served in both chambers of Congress since 2010. He first gained acclaim as a world-class champion boxer and juggled his careers as a public official and athlete until 2021 when he announced his retirement from the sport. The boxer-turned-legislator is also a preacher and founded the church Word for Everyone Ministries International, Inc. in 2012.

Pacquiao has consistently been noted for being the top absentee among lawmakers and for penning a relatively low number of laws and bills. He principally authored the National Bible Day Act and the Handbook for OFWs Act of 2017.

Citing his religious beliefs as a born-again Christian, Pacquiao has expressed support for the LGBTQ community but not same-sex marriage. In 2016, he drew ire both locally and internationally for derogatory remarks he made about the minority group.

He previously supported the reinstatement of the death penalty for the manufacturing and trafficking of illegal drugs but, like other candidates seeking higher office, reversed his position in Nov. 2021.

Pacquiao is campaigning on ridding the country of corruption, criminality, and poverty, though he has not published any concrete policy proposals as of this writing.

He has said that religious leaders, especially from evangelical groups, will be part of his Cabinet and anti-corruption task force if elected.

Platform and Policy
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The candidate's top priorities if elected to office, tracked against previous promises and accomplishments, if any

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COVID-19 pandemic
 
Anti-corruption
Related Policy Proposal:
  1. Previously questioned the lack of a uniform contact tracing mobile application for COVID-19
  2. Urged more efficient pandemic management through mass testing and effective contact tracing
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Proposed minimum salary of P50,000 for healthcare workers on top of special risk allowance and other perks
  2. Opposed the imposition of restrictions against unvaccinated individuals
  3. Called for the suspension of political gatherings and parties amid the coronavirus pandemic
Deviation from Previous Platform:
Related Policy Proposal:
Says eradicating corruption in government is his top priority, vowing to go after and jail corrupt officials himself if elected
Previous Platform:
Track Record / Accomplishment; Date:
  1. Held a press conference in July 2021 alleging that P10.4 billion in aid had been lost to corruption at the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
  2. Also claimed to have proof of wide-scale corruption across “every branch of government," including the Department of Health, which he accused of buying expired medicines. Both departments denied his allegations.
Deviation from Previous Platform:
  1. After his press conference, Pacquiao said he would refer documents detailing the alleged corruption to the Senate blue ribbon committee.
  2. However, Sen. Richard Gordon, the panel’s chairman, told reporters later that week that he had yet to receive documents from Pacquiao’s office. A legislative probe on the matter has yet to be launched as of this writing.
Major Accomplishments
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The candidate's top five accomplishments and contributions for the last 15 years or so

Public Office

Pacquiao has consistently been noted for penning a relatively low number of bills and for being the top absentee among lawmakers during both his stints in Congress.


Throughout his first term in the Senate, he authored 10 laws and co-authored 15 others, according to records on the chamber's official website.


In the House of Representatives, only one law passed from 2010-2016 was principally authored by Pacquiao, per the Legislative Information System. The law in question, R.A. 10828, established a regular district branch of the Land Transportation Office in Sarangani province.

R.A. 11592 or the LPG Industry Regulation Act
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Position/Date
Author in the Senate, 2020
Status
Signed into law Oct. 14, 2021
R.A. 11469 or the Bayanihan to Heal As One Act
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Position/Date
Author in the Senate, 2020
Status
Signed into law March 24, 2020
RA No. 11163 or the National Bible Day Act
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Position/Date
Author in the Senate, 2016
Status
Signed into law Jan. 6, 2019
R.A. No. 11227 or the Handbook for OFWs Act of 2018
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Position/Date
Principal author and co-sponsor in the Senate, 2018
Status
Signed into law July 23, 2018
R.A. 11201 or the Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Act
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Position/Date
Author in the Senate, 2017
Status
Signed into law Feb. 22, 2019
Private Sector
First boxer to be recognized as four-time welterweight world champion
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Won 12 major world titles in eight weight divisions
Position/Date
Professional Boxer
Status
Retired
Founded Word for Everyone Ministries International, Inc., a church, in General Santos City (2012)
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Position/Date
Founder, preacher
Status
Ongoing
Appeared in films and TV shows in both ABS-CBN and GMA Network
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Recorded songs that were used as entrance music for his boxing fights
Position/Date
Entertainer
Status
Ongoing
Joined the Philippine Basketball Association as playing coach of Kia Motors Basketball Team
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Position/Date
Basketball Player, 2014
Status
Retired
Actions and/or Proceedings
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Actions and/or proceedings pending against or resolved in courts or tribunals involving the candidate, based on publicly available information

There is no publicly available information on this matter at this time. Requested information from the candidate was not provided.
Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth
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Also known as SALN, this document is a declaration of one's personal finances. Philippine Law requires the SALN to be submitted by all public officials and employees to the Ombudsman. Public officials and employees may opt to voluntarily disclose their SALN to the public.

Assets
P3.5 billion
Liabilities
P350.1 million
Net Worth
P3.2 billion

* As of Dec. 31, 2020

Campaign Details
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Key details about the candidate's campaign

Campaign Manager:

Salvador “Buddy” Zamora II

Political Affiliation:
Other Affiliations:
Alliances and Endorsements:

Lito Atienza, running mate in 2022 election

Party History:
Kabalikat ng Malayang Pilipino or Kampi (2007-2009), failed congressional bid
Nacionalista Party (2009-2010), successful congressional bid
Liberal Party, (2010)
PDP-Laban, (2012)
United Nationalist Alliance, (2015) - successful senatorial bid
PDP-Laban, (2016)
PROMDI, 2022 presidential bid, claims his candidacy is still backed by the legitimate wing of the PDP-Laban
Major Donors
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Candidate's major donors and campaign funding sources

There is no publicly available information on this matter at this time. Requested information from the candidate was not provided.
Major Advocacies
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The candidate's top advocacies in the last 15 years or so

 
Reversed stand on death penalty
 
Anti-SOGIE Equality Bill
 
Opposition to divorce
 
Retrieving Marcos ill-gotten wealth
Reversed stand on death penalty
Previously supported the reinstatement of the death penalty but said as of Nov. 2021 that he will no longer support its return until the judicial system is fixed
Position/Date
2022 - Changed stance as a presidential candidate
Status
Intends to “hold” SB No. 198 seeking the reimposition of capital punishment
Anti-SOGIE Equality Bill
Pacquiao, who drew widespread ire for his derogatory comments against members of the LGBTQ community, is one of three senators who opposed the passage of the SOGIE Equality Bill in the Senate.
Position/Date
2016-present - As senator
Status
The 18th Congress will adjourn without passing the SOGIE bill despite the fact that the House of Representatives unanimously approved its own version of the bill as early as 2017.
Opposition to divorce
Pacquiao in Dec. 2021 said he would not allow the legalization of divorce if elected. He was quoted by at least four media outlets as saying during a press conference in Tagum City that he believes marriage is sacred, citing religion.
Position/Date
2021-present - As presidential candidate
Status
Pacquiao at the same press conference said he would not stop lawmakers from passing a divorce bill as president but would not support its passage.
Retrieving Marcos ill-gotten wealth
The senator said in an Oct. 2021 interview that he believes the Marcos family should return all ill-gotten wealth and seek forgiveness for the atrocities perpetrated during the Martial Law era.
Position/Date
2021-present - As presidential candidate
Status
If elected, Pacquiao says he will “review” how much money was stolen by the Marcos family in order to ensure that the money is returned to the Philippines.

This figure (around P300 billion) is already publicly available and the amount still left to be retrieved is updated by the Presidential Commission on Good Government, the quasi-judicial agency tasked with recovering ill-gotten wealth accumulated by the Marcos family and its associates.
Personal Details
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Basic information on the candidate's family, background and work experience

Name to appear on the ballot: PACQUIAO, MANNY PACMAN
Full Name: Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao Sr.
Birthdate: December 17, 1978 (43 years old on election day)
Birthplace: Kibawe, Bukidnon Province
Residence: General Santos City
Religion: Evangelical Protestantism
Languages Spoken: Filipino, English
Parents:
  • Rosalio Pacquiao, father
  • Dionisia Dapidran, mother
Siblings: Alberto “Bobby” Pacquiao, present Representative OFW Family Club Partylist 18th Congress
Marital Status: Married (1999 - present), Jinkee Capena Jamora, business woman
Children:
  • Emmanuel “ Jimuel” Pacquiao Jr., amateur boxer
  • Michael Stephen Pacquiao
  • Mary Divine Grace “Princess” Pacquiao
  • Queen Elizabeth “Queenie” Pacquiao
  • Israel Pacquiao
Education:

•High School Diploma, High School Equivalency Exam, 2007


•10-day crash course on Development Legislation and Governance, Graduate School of Public and Development Management at the Development Academy of the Philippines, 2010


•Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science Majoring in Local Government Administration through the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency and Accreditation Program (ETEEAP), Philippine Councilors League-Legislative Academy ,2019


Honoris Causa, Doctorate of Humanities, Southwestern University, 2009

Work Experience:

•Professional Boxer

•Representative Sarangani Province, 15th Congress, 2010 to 2013

•Representative Sarangani Province, 16th Congress, 2013 to 2016

•Senator, 17th Congress, 2016