by David Squires
Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says he will jail former allies if he wins the presidency of the Philippines on a ride of anti-corruption.
The eight-division world champion is seen as a front-runner in the race to replace President Benigno Aquino, who is stepping down on June 30 after serving two terms.
Pacquiao, 45, heads the list of contenders but has lagged behind the likes of Senator Grace Poe and former Davao mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the opinion polls.
The boxer told his local radio station in General Santos City, in central Mindanao province, he will jail former allies.
He went on to explain the process of impeachment for the former official, saying that the person responsible for a crime needs to start serving in jail immediately.
“We will prosecute them and put them to jail now,” he added.
Pacquiao also said he will appoint a special prosecutor to investigate corrupt officials in the Philippine administration.
“If you steal money, you will go to jail immediately,” he said.
Pacquiao’s comments will likely be seen as a reference to controversial education reforms signed into law last year under then president Aquino’s controversial administration.
The statutes focused on grade school teachers, in particular, facing a variety of disciplinary actions.