Pacquiao brother wants to join Manny in the House

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines - The younger brother of boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is now officially the third member of the clan running for office in the 2013 elections.

Rogelio "Roel" Pacquiao filed on Thursday, October 4 his certificate of candidacy (COC) in Koronadal City, South Cotabato, where he likely be up against the incumbent Rep Pedro Acharon Jr. for a seat in the House of Representatives.

Manny Pacquiao himself ran for congressman in the same district in 2007 but lost to Darlene Antonino-Custodio, now mayor of General Santos City.

Three years later he ran again and won a seat in the House of Representatives for the lone district of Sarangani.

The boxer -- who is seeking reelection and whose wife Jinkee is running for Vice Governor of the province -- is backing the candidacy of General Santos City Councilor Ronnel Rivera to unseat Antonino-Custodio, with Vice Mayor Shirlyn Baños as his running mate.

Rivera is the third son of Rodrigo Rivera Sr., whose family owns the biggest tuna fishing company in General Santos City as well as other businesses.

Another member of the Rivera dynasty, Ronnel's elder brother Ryan, ran for mayor in 2010 but lost to Antonio-Custodio.

Pacquiao and Antonino-Custodio are now fighting a proxy war for the control of local politics in the region, but this time the eight-time world boxing champion has the full support of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) headed by Vice President Jejomar Binay and former President Joseph Estrada to defeat his political nemesis. -