Pacquiao formally declares his senatorial bid in the 2016 Philippine general elections. He is currently a member of the Philippine House of Representatives representing the province of Sarangani. The boxer announces his bid for a higher Senate seat during his State of the District Address.
In the coming days, I will be embracing new levels of responsibility. I will be confronting tough challenges. My term as your Congressman will soon be over but I will continue to be of service to you and to our fellow Filipinos. I am formally announcing my candidacy for Senator. I am running for a higher office. Maybe its time, this will be the first time in our history that there will be a Senator from Region 12.