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Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao elected Senator with over 16 million votes

 The boxing star favours bringing back the death penalty     Photo:Courtesy/Reuters

The world welterweight champion was declared among 12 new members of the upper house of Congress with 18 million votes

Boxing star Manny Pacquiao scored a big political win on Thursday as he was elected into the Philippines senate .

The WBO world welterweight champion was declared among 12 new members of the upper house of Congress by the country's elections commission.

Last week, voters cast their ballots to choose a president, vice president, 12 senators, 200 members of the lower house of Congress and 18,000 local officials.

About 80 percent of 55 million eligible voters turned out in the general elections, which are held every six years.

Manny Pacquiao was elected one of 12 new senators

Pacquiao won more than 16 million votes

"I can focus and discipline myself, the way I did in boxing to help the nation," Pacquiao told reporters, saying, as a new senator, he would push for free education at all levels.

The 37 year-old two-term congressman also said he favours restoring the death penalty for drug-related and other serious crimes.


Senator Pacquiao will now take his place in the upper house of Congress

President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has said he will ask Congress to re-introduce a death penalty that was repealed in 2006.

"In the eyes of God, it is not unlawful," Pacquiao said of capital punishment.

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The former eight-division world boxing champion, who stood as a member of one of the losing presidential candidates, won more than 16 million votes to come in seventh place.

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Pacquiao was among the top choices for a senate seat but he dropped in the polls after he made an anti-gay remark in February.

A month before elections, his ratings improved after a convincing victory over American champion Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, knocking him down twice in the 12-round bout.

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