Pacquiao moves up in senate seat race

Mark Escarlote on May 10, 2016 06:22 PM
Pacquiao moves up in senate seat race
Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is now Senator Pacquiao.

Pending his formal proclamation, eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is now a neophyte senator after serving two terms as Sarangani congressman.

From ninth place early Tuesday morning, the 37-year-old retired boxer is now in eighth place in the senatorial race after collecting a total of 15,216,401 votes based on the partial and unofficial results from the Commission on Elections Transparency Server as of 5:00 p.m.  

Pacquiao is ahead of Kiko Pangilinan (15,181,333) and is close behind another first-time senatorial race winner Risa Hontiveros (15,221,216).

Pacquiao, who is also a playing coach for PBA team Kia, joined the likes of former professional basketball players Freddie Webb and Robert Jaworski in the list of other athletes that won a seat in the Senate.                 

1PACMAN represented by PBA team GlobalPort Batang Pier and PBL multi-titled squad Harbour Centre owner Mikee Romero is currently in third spot in the party-list race with 1,264,391 votes.

Cager Paul Artadi who played for University of the East alongside James Yap and Purefoods in the PBA, landed a spot as councilor in the 1st district of San Juan with 11,547 votes. Former PBA cager Yoyong Martires won a seat as second district councilor in Pasig City as well as former University of the Philippines basketball varsity Martin Reyes in the lone district of Dasmarinas City.

Basketball coaches Franz Pumaren and Binky Favis won as city councilors in the fifth district of Quezon City and in the second district of Paranaque, respectively. 

Taekwondo jin and 1986 Asian Games bronze medalist Monsour Del Rosario was victorious in his congressional bid in the 1st district of Makati.

Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao was unlucky in his re-election bid as congressman for Angeles City in Pampanga after losing to Carmelo Lazatin by around 23,000 votes.

PBA legend and Jose Rizal University mentor Vergel Meneses suffered the same fate after losing to Berting Bituin for vice mayor in Bulacan, Bulacan. 

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