Pacquiao builds house in Sarangani

April 25, 2009 1:00 am 

By Rommel G. Rebollido

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, April 24 –- Workers have been rushing a P3-million house in Kiamba, Sarangani Provice, where boxing icon Manny Pacquiao plans to stay after his fight with British star Ricky Hatton on May 3.

Kiamba town, about 95 kilometers west of this city, is where Pacquiao registered early this year as a voter after he announced that he will again seek a mandate for a congressional seat in next year’s elections.

The boxing hero ran for Congress in South Cotabato’s first district in 2007 but lost.

Village council member Weng Gagarin said workers have been working day and night to complete the house in time for Pacquiao’s return after the May 3 fight in the United States.

Sources from the Pacquiao household said the boxer plans to stay in Kiamba and devote his time in Sarangani as well as to focus on his political plans in that province. The boxer’s wife Jinky hails from Kiamba.

Election laws require a residency period for a candidate who seeks an office in that locality or place.

Pacquiao currently resides in this city where he built a mansion in 2006.

The Pacquiao residence here consists of two buildings that sits on a 2,300 square meter lot in Lagao village.

The main house, with eight bedrooms, has a floor area of about 780 square meters. The other building which has billiards room, entertainment center, sauna and gym, and recording studio, measures 320 square meters. (PNA)

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