Pacquiao win to boost my campaign – Villar
By Christina Mendez
The Philippine Star
CABANATUAN CITY , Philippines – Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. admitted yesterday that the latest victory of world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao over Joshua Clottey of Ghana in Dallas, Texas, would boost his presidential campaign once the boxer returns to the country.
Villar said Pacquiao’s help in the campaign would add momentum to his candidacy.
Pacquiao, who is running for congressman in Sarangani under the NP ticket, promised to join Villar in his campaign sorties when he returns.
Villar said like Pacquiao and television host Willie Revillame, they all rose from poverty because of perseverance and hard work.
“We all had nothing in the past. Now that we have accomplished something, we just want to give back to the poor. One who forgets his past will not reach his destination,” Villar said.
Meanwhile, NP senatorial bet party-list Rep. Liza Maza congratulated Pacquiao for his victory.
“Manny Pacquiao once again made us proud to be Filipinos. He deserves the title the Great Filipino boxer for regarding his victory as not his alone but of his country,” Maza said.
Over 250,000 people flocked to a 4.2-hectare land in Don Pepe Subdivision in Cabanatuan City for the political rally-turned-entertainment show hosted by Revillame last Sunday night.
Villar vowed to the residents that he would do his best to improve the economy and alleviate the people from poverty.
Faced with a P300-billion budget deficit this year, Villar said his mandate would not be an easy task but he assured the people that with the help of his entire team and the Filipino nation, their goal would be met.