Monday, December 21, 2009

Villar, Pacquiao yet to discuss campaign strategy

12/21/2009 | 11:26 PM

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Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao may be with Nacionalista Party now, but he and the party's standard bearer, Sen. Manny Villar, are yet to discuss how they would help each other’s candidacy.

“Hindi ko alam ang plano namin. Basta sa akin wine-welcome ko muna siya at pag-uusapan namin sa mga darating na panahon yan," Villar told reporters Monday when asked how Pacquiao would help him in his campaign.

(I don't know yet. I just want to welcome him first in the party and then we'll discuss how we could help each other in the campaign.)

Villar said as the party's presidential bet, he is willing to help Pacquiao in his congressional bid in Sarangani province in next year's elections.

The NP hosted a dinner at the Villar-owned Laurel House in Mandaluyong City to formally welcome Pacquiao in its roster.

When Pacquiao was asked by reporters how he would help boost the survey ratings of Villar, the senator butted in and said that those things should not be discussed now. "Wag na muna yan (Let's not discuss that now)," he said.

But Pacquiao said he would give his all-out support to Villar. “Basta susuporta ako sa kanya. Nakikita ko na malaki ang magagawa ni Manny kung mauupo siya [bilang presidente]," he said.

(I'll support Villar because I believe he can do a lot of things when he becomes president.)

The boxing hero, however, refused to say if he would appear in Villar’s infomercials or sorties.

On Monday evening, the NP and Pacquiao’s People’s Champ Movement signed a coalition agreement.

Pacquiao was accompanied in the dinner by his wife Jinkee and local candidates who would be running under his party. - Amita Legaspi/KBK, GMANews.TV

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