PHILIPPINE MYERBURG, Philippines (AP) — The only man to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. says he will jail some of his former political allies if he wins the Philippine presidency.
Manny Pacquiao makes his first bid for elected office in May elections.
“Let’s see who does it (jails) when I become president,” Pacquiao said Tuesday in his hometown of General Santos City after meeting workers of the Philippine National Police, according to Philippine media.
Pacquiao, a senator, now says he’s running for president because he can serve the people better. He got support last year from the president of Sarangani province, a law-abiding, taxpaying citizen who works hard every day, said Pacquiao, who would like to serve as president and open the country’s factories as a legislator.
“Instead of jailing, pardon. They are ‘hit-monkeys’ who steal the country’s resources,” he said of his former political allies, referring to his enemy in the Senate, former House Majority Leader Rodolfo Biazon, who was arrested this year in a corruption case.
Pacquiao also threatened to jail people who conspire to forge signatures, who are trying to bring down his national political legacy, a phrase that boomerangs because most Filipinos believe corruption has become institutionalized.
Pacquiao’s critics were quick to question his motives.
“If the point of indictment (in Biazon’s case) is for him to learn that he is not above the law, then he should stay out of the presidential race,” Pacquiao supporter Andres Bumasan, who heads the Parent Forum, a Pangasinan province rights group, said in a radio interview.