Pacquiao makes presidential run official

The Philippines has started registering candidates for next year's presidential election. The race is expected to be a hotly contested one, as several well-known figures will be vying for the presidency.

Newly retired boxing legend Manny Pacquiao filed his candidacy on Friday. The week-long registration ends on October 8. The election season is usually a festive event.
But it is expected to be subdued this time due to Covid restrictions.

Pacquiao said he is running "to end corruption. All those who take advantage and those who steal from the Filipino nation, your days are numbered."

Pacquiao, who is also a Philippine senator, has been criticizing the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte for abuse of power.

Duterte says he will run for the vice presidency as he cannot seek re-election. The country's constitution limits the president to a single, six-year term.

The president's eldest daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, is seen as a possible candidate.

Manila Mayor Francisco Domagoso says he will also join the race. He is best known by his stage name of Isko Moreno.