Pacquiao need not postpone fight to file candidacy, says Comelec


Manny Pacquiao. AFP PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The show can go on as scheduled.

Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao does not have to reschedule his November fight in order to submit his certificate of candidacy to the Commission on Elections, according to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez.

Jimenez said in an  interview on Thursday that Pacquiao, who represents Sarangani province in the House of Representatives, can send his documents through an authorized representative during the filing period.

“It is possible since he can just send his authorized representative to file his COC,” said Jimenez, citing a provision in election laws allowing this.

Jimenez said the authority of Pacquiao’s representative shall be in writing and under oath, and attached to the certificate of candidacy.

The Comelec does not accept the filing of certificates of candidacy by mail, telegram or facsimile, he added.

For those running in the May 2013 elections, the Comelec has already set the period for filing of COCs from October 1 to 5.

It was reported earlier that Pacquiao was thinking of pushing his November 10 fight to December 1 to allow him to file his certificate of candidacy for re-election and to give him enough time to train in the United States.

Pacquiao has no opponent yet for his match later this year. Boxers who could challenge him in the ring include Timothy Bradley, Juan Manuel Marquez, Miguel Cotto, all previous Pacquiao opponents.

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  • Loreto

    pacman must retıre now so that he can focus more on hıs new job as a polıtıcıan.he can be good governor ıf he decıded to run ınstead of a congreeman .

  • boshog

    Damn..I wonder what he can accomplish as a legislature.  He should remain a boxer and use his wealth to help his countrymen.  He cannot contribute intelligently in government,  but he can resort to plagiarism like Sotto to show a semblance of knowledge. I am not saying that he is not intelligent, but his brains have been taking a beating in the ring.

  • mund gulid

    fight JMM again….JMM punches back while you throw similar punches…that makes the millions of expectators go wild in saisfaction…for that, that is money…Bradley is no fighter; either Floyd..they run and punch!

  • pasaway008ako

    I want to see Pacquiao-Bradley rematch. If Pacman could take back his belt then he is ready for Mayweather, if and only if Mayweather agrees to fight. 

  • joshua kings

    one piece of unsolicited advise to pacquiao: R E T I R E or quit while you are ahead.
    don’t wait til you suffer the same fate as roberto duran, oscar dela hoya, etc. who became so pathetic.
    and cover wipe your tracks clean to protect yourself against lawsuits from evil-minded thugs and gangs (there are many of them, especially from the las vegas variety).
    because when you are no longer a champion, no longer with power, no longer popular, all of these vultures/these wolves in sheep’s clothing will come rushing to devour your sorry carcass.

  • Toni

    please huwag nyo na iboto…

  • les21reago

    His BEST opponent would then NOW DANNY GARCIA or FLOYD other than that but BORING?

    • rey

      question is can floyd cooperate on negotiation????
      or just floyd make another excuses

      • les21reago

        With the action of FLOYD lately, calling Pacquiao > my idea is he was for the fight to happening…But ARUM has another lucrative place in his mind at the expense of his ward Pacquio…In short, it is ARUM at the crossroad why the fight did not happen…And with the insistence of the PACMAN now that FLOYD should be might as well in the corner?

    • rey

      danny is an easy opponent not proven yet

      • les21reago

        what is there to be proven…danny has undefeated record and latety FLOORED Amir Khan, the champ huge upset loss.

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