Philippine boxing icon and senator Manny Pacquiao says he will run for president in the 2022 elections.
Pacquiao has taken a strong line against corruption, blaming President Duterte for a worsening situation
A different faction of his party, PDP-Laban, earlier nominated Mr Duterte as its vice presidential candidate
This rival faction says it will petition the Commission of Elections to declare Pacquiao an illegitimate officer of the party
Mr Pacquiao accepted the nomination of his PDP-Laban party at its national convention on Sunday, saying the Filipino people have been waiting for a change of government.
“I am a fighter, and I will always be a fighter inside and outside the ring,” Mr Pacquiao, 42, said in his speech.
Mr Pacquiao is the president of the PDP-Laban faction led by him and Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimento III.
Another faction of the same party earlier this month nominated President Rodrigo Duterte to be its vice presidential candidate, and Mr Duterte’s former aide, Senator Bong Go, as its presidential nominee.
Mr Duterte, who is forbidden by the constitution from seeking a second six-year term, has accepted the nomination, but Mr Go has declined to run for president.
Pacquiao targets Duterte
Mr Duterte has led a brutal campaign against illegal drugs, and said last week he would rather “die first” before facing an international tribunal, the day after the International Criminal Court announced it would investigate allegations of crimes against humanity linked to the crackdown that has left thousands dead.
Mr Pacquiao has accused the administration of his former ally Mr Duterte of making corruption worse in the Philippines.
To critics who question his qualifications, the famous boxer has said his experience of personal hardships would better equip him to understand people’s suffering — and fight poverty and corruption.
“In my whole life, I have not backed down on any fight,” Mr Pacquiao said.
The rival party faction supporting Mr Duterte earlier said it would petition the Commission on Elections to declare Mr Pacquiao and his allies illegitimate officers of the ruling party.