Atienza: Pacquiao won't join Liberal Party for 2016

A CLOSE friend of Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao denied on Wednesday that the People's Champ had plans to jump from the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) to the administration Liberal Party (LP).

Buhay Party-list Representative Lito Atienza, a close friend of Pacquiao, said the eight-division boxing champion had told him that he has no plans as of the moment to leave the political party of Vice President Jejomar Binay.

"Nagkausap kami ni Manny, and he told me na walang katotohanan na aalis na siya sa kampo ni VP Binay at hindi siya balimbing. Kilala ko si Manny for the last 18 years, I can guarantee you, hindi siya ganun," said Atienza.

House Deputy Minority Floor Leader Carol Jane Lopez, another close friend of Pacquiao, said earlier that she was trying to convince the Sarangani lawmaker to support the administration party and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas II, LP's possible standard bearer for 2016.

"Nag-usap kami (ni Pacquiao) at nag-iisip naman yung mama kung ano ang dapat niyang tahakin sa buhay," said Lopez, a staunch supporter of Roxas.

Lopez said Pacquiao had said that he was keeping his options open.

"Magaan naman ang pagtanggap sa pag-abot ng aming kamay na kung maari ay mag-join siya sa aming camp (Mar camp)," said Lopez.

Lopez said Pacquiao remains uncertain whether to seek higher post next year.

"Pero kung magdesisyon siya na tatakbo siya sa Senado at lilipat siya sa aming camp, isasama siya sa slate ni Secretary Mar (Roxas)," said Lopez.

Pacquiao is also being considered for UNA's senatorial slate in 2016. (Sunnex)

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