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Pacquiao Denies He Asked To Meet Duterte At Palace

The senator said he could have not stepped inside Malacañang and met Duterte without a prior appointment.

Sen. Manny Pacquiao said he was surprised that Prᥱsidᥱnt Duterte did not know that they had a meeting after he was asked to go to the Palace by 1-Pacman party-list Rep. Eric Pineda last Nov. 9.

Prᥱsidᥱntiαl aspirant Sen. Manny Pacquiao clarified on Monday, Nov. 15, President Duterte’s claim that he just met with him last week without prior notice.

Pacquiao issued the statement in response to the Prᥱsidᥱnt’s interview on Sunday, Nov. 14, where he said the retired boxer was not invited and just popped up at Malacañang on Nov. 10 without his approval.

The senator said he could have not stepped inside Malacañang and met Duterte without a prior appointment.

He said he was asked to meet the Chief Executive by 1-Pacman party-list Rep. Eric Pineda, and to show respect to the President, he agreed.

“I’m not a traditional politician but I have manners. I agreed to go to Malacañang not to seek support but to show respect to our Prᥱsidᥱnt. I went there as a gesture of respect,” Pacquiao said in mixed Filipino and English.

He said he was surprised when he was asked what the meeting was all about because he assumed he was invited there.

Pacquiao Denies He Asked To Meet Duterte At Palace | OneNews.PH

“I was surprised that he did not know that we had a meeting,” he said.

Pacquiao stressed, however, that it would have been impossible for him to even meet Duterte and talk to him in person even just for a second if he did not have an official appointment.

He said since he was already in front of the President, he took the opportunity to apologize if he got offended for raising the issue about the worsening 𝘤orruption in the country.

He also told him that his position is unchanged when it comes to his crusade against corruption and raised the need to have another Mindanaoan Prᥱsidᥱnt.

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