Pacquiao makes Philippines presidential run official

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By Karen Lema MANILA (Reuters) – Newly retired boxing icon Manny Pacquiao was the first to file his candidacy to be the next president of the Philippines at the start of registration for thousands of political posts in what is expected to be a hotly contested election in May next year. The week-long registrations, usually a festive event with big crowds, will be more sober this year with restrictions in place to fight one of Asia’s deadliest COVID-19 epidemics. Pacquiao, who was joined by his wife and running mate, house deputy speaker Lito Atienza, submitted his certificate of candidacy to th…

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