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Pacquiao part of Senate race leaders

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Former eight-division world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao could be on his way to another win, this time in the political ring.

The incumbent congressman of Sarangani is likely to make a move from the lower house to the upper house as he is part of the Top 12 in the partial and unofficial tally for senators.

As of 8:05 p.m. on Monday, a little over three hours after the presidential election ended, Pacquiao is currently in ninth place with 10,313,907 votes, way ahead of 13th-running Francis Tolentino, who got 8,674,314, as per 60 percent of the total votes received by COMELEC's transparency server. COMELEC, through the server, relays the partial and unofficial count to various media outfits.

Out of 50 total senatorial aspirants, only 12 will become part of the Senate, putting Pacquiao in a good position to take one of the said spots.

Once formally elected, Pacquiao, who is also the playing coach for PBA's Mahindra, will be the first professional athlete since PBA legend Robert Jaworski to become a senator.

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