Manila - Boxing great Manny Pacquiao appears to have won a seat in the Philippine Senate, according to unofficial results.
has garnered more than 15 million votes, with about 93 percent of
precincts reporting on Tuesday. That places him eighth among candidates for
12 Senate seats, and nearly 3 million votes ahead of the candidate in
13th place. Official results are days away.
He cast his vote
on Monday in his home turf of southern Sarangani province. He had bounced
back in polls after losing support in February over remarks he made
about same-sex marriage.
Pacquiao had said people in same-sex
relations are "worse than animals." He apologised to people hurt by his
comments, but made clear he opposed gay marriage.
Pacquiao is the
Philippines' most famous athlete and among the wealthiest sports
celebrities in the world. He has represented Sarangani province in the
House of Representatives since May 2010.
Pacquiao ran under the
losing ticket of presidential candidate Jejomar Binay, but has also been
endorsed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the winner of the presidential race
according to unofficial results.