SARANGANI Rep. and senatorial hopeful Manny Pacquiao said he was not alarmed by reports that the Abu Sayyaf group has planned to take him hostage to attract the attention of the Islamic State (IS).
In an interview in Los Baños, Laguna where the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) took their campaign on Thursday, Pacquiao said he was surprised but he remains confident that his Muslim brothers and sisters would not do such a thing on the internationally renowned boxer.
“I was alarmed when he announced… the Abu Sayyaf wanted to kidnap me,” Pacquiao said at his home in Manila. “I’m surprised because all Filipinos are my friends. I love them, especially the Muslims.”
“I don’t believe our Muslim brothers [would] do that,” he continued. “We support them, we give them livelihood, so I don’t know where that came from.”
Pacquiao has a strong personal relationship with Jesus Christ. The stand-out boxer is close to retirement; he is hoping in the May elections to become a senator in the Philippines.
He said he was not concerned about his personal safety and that he would stay on the campaign trail where he’s greeted by large crowds.