Sen. Manny Pacquiao assured the public on Thursday that if he is elected president in 2022, his wife Jinkee will not live extravagantly like former First Lady Imelda Marcos.
Pacquiao stated that his wife, like himself, is dedicated to charitable work. Mrs. Manny Pacquiao is well-known on Instagram, where she has 2.4 million followers, for posting designer bags and dresses.
"Tinitiyak ko yan. Kilala ko yung asawa ko, hindi siya ganun," when asked if his wife would indulge in luxuries like Mrs. Marcos if she became first lady, Pacquiao told businessmen.
"Ang gusto ng asawa ko, magserbisyo, tumulong sa mga kababaihan at lalong-lalo na yung mga mahihirap. Gusto niya yung pagbibigay ng scholarship, pagbibigay ng housing sa mga pamilya at yung sustainable livelihood. Gusto niya yung mga charity work," he added.
The late dictator Ferdinand Marcos’ widow is known for her lavish lifestyle, which is reflected in her collection of shoes, jewels, and paintings by renowned artists, some of which she displayed in the documentary “The Kingmaker,” which was released last year.
Mrs. Marcos is so synonymous with opulence that the term “Imeldific” was coined to describe it. The Presidential Commission on Good Government is working to recover the family’s ill-gotten wealth, which could be worth up to $10 billion.
From 2013 to 2016, Jinkee was the vice governor of Pacquiao’s home province of Sarangani. She left politics after only one term to devote her time to her family and business.
In August, she went viral after wearing a P2-million outfit to her husband’s retirement match against Cuban boxer Yordenis Ugas.
Jinkee Pacquiao Won't Be Like Imelda Marcos as First Lady, Pacman Says|REPORTR