MANILA, Philippines — Presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao on Wednesday said he would try to convince his brother, Sarangani Rep. Ruel, to support his running mate instead of vice presidential bet Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
Pacquiao said he was surprised by the news that Ruel reportedly expressed his support for Duterte-Carpio’s vice presidency. However, he has yet to confirm this with his brother.
“Hindi ko pa nakakausap. Nagulat ako sa naging balita. Gusto ko sila makausap,” he said in a media interview.
(I have not talked to him. I was surprised by the news. I want to talk to them.)
He said he would convince his brother to support his running mate, Buhay Party-list Rep. Lito Atienza because it would be embarrassing if his own brother would support another candidate.
“Kakausapin ko muna sila. Kukumbinsihin ko dahil nakakahiya naman sa aking bise presidente. Papaliwanagan ko,” the boxer-turned-politician said.
(I will talk to them first. I will convince them because it is embarrassing for my vice presidential bet.)
Pacquiao, however, clarified that he is on good terms with his brother and said he thinks he would be able to convince him to change his mind.
“OK naman (We’re OK),” he said when asked about his relationship with Ruel.
“Sa tingin ko naman siguro ay kahit papaano ay maniniwala sila sa akin,” he added when asked if he thinks he can still convince his brother to change his mind.
(I think I can still change his mind and make them believe me.)
It was Lakas-CMD, Duterte-Carpio’s political party, that revealed Ruel Pacquiao’s support for the Davao City mayor.
“Rep. Pacquiao, Gov. Solon, and the mayors of Sarangani expressed support to the vice-presidential candidacy of Inday Sara,” the political party said in an earlier statement.
Pacquiao earlier said he has already summoned his brother to personally explain the truth behind the Lakas-CMD’s press release, saying the move did not consult him.