MANILA – Philippine boxing star Manny Pacquiao, WBO world welterweight champion, scored a big political victory on Thursday when the elections commission declared he was among 12 new members of the upper house of Congress.
Last week, about 80 percent of 55 million eligible voters cast their ballots to choose a president, vice president, 12 senators, 200 members of the lower house of Congress and 18,000 local officials in general elections held every six years.
“I can focus and discipline myself, the way I did in boxing to help the nation!
The 37 year-old two-term congressman also said he favours restoring the death penalty for drug-related and other serious crimes. President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ask Congress to re-introduce a death penalty that was repealed in 2006.
“In the eyes of God, it is not unlawful,” the Philippine boxer said of capital punishment. The former eight-division world boxing champion, who stood as a member of one of the losing presidential candidates, won more than 16 million votes to come in seventh place for 12 vacant seats in the upper house of Congress.
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