ILOCOS Sur province’s Narvacan town Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson over the weekend said a Duterte-Pacquiao tandem in the 2022 national elections is perfectly acceptable to him.

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Sarah Duterte and Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao. FILE PHOTO

The mayor was unclear whether the “Duterte” he referred to was Davao City Mayor Sara “Inday” Duterte-Carpio, who is President Rodrigo Duterte’s daughter, but evidently, he was pointing to Philippine and international boxing legend Sen. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.

Over DWRS Commando Radio, Singson mentioned those who would likely run for president and vice president next year.

“There are [too] many; among them are ‘Manny’ Pacquiao, [Vice President Maria Leonora] ‘Leni’ Robredo, Inday Sara, [Manila] Mayor {Francisco] ‘Isko Moreno’ [Domagoso], [Sen. Panfilo] Lacson, (Sen.) Grace Poe and many more,” he said.

Singson, who is also the former governor of Ilocos Sur, added that he will wait for the decision of President Duterte before he decides for himself on who to support in the 2022 elections.

Under the Constitution, the country’s leader is only allowed a six-year term without reelection.

The incumbent President was voted into office in 2016.

“We don’t know, [but] as far as I am concerned, I will wait for the decision of the President before I decide. And whoever he will be endorsing, I will support,” he said.

The former governor added that those whom he mentioned as likely candidates in next year’s polls should support whoever President Duterte will endorse and that there is no need for them to be divided in their defeat.

“If Sara will be the candidate for president and Manny as vice president or vice versa, that is okay with me, but whatever will be the President’s decision, I will have to wait,” Singson said.

He added that he does not advise Pacquiao to go back to the boxing ring now that his supposed opponent, Conor McGregor, was defeated in a recent fight.

In Abu Dhabi, Dustin Poirier beat McGregor with a second-round technical knockout on Jan. 23, 2021.

“I don’t advise Manny to fight again. And those boxing promoters have nothing [on their mind] but to get more money [from Pacquiao]. That is why they keep pushing him to fight again. They care only for a big amount of money, [and they don’t care about] Manny’s destruction,” Singson said.

Also the president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, he also advised the country’s 1,488 municipal mayors to wait for the President’s decision regarding the 2022 elections.

When asked whether he would be eyeing a new post in those polls, Singson said he would have to consult the elders of Ilocos Sur and listen to what they would have to say.

“I will have to confer with the barangay (village) elders of Ilocos Sur and listen to what they would say, and I will obey them,” Singson said.

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