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Pacquiao concedes defeat in bid for Philippines Congress

MANILA, Philippines -- Manny Pacquiao conceded defeat Sunday
in his candidacy for a seat in the Philippines Congress, failing to
transform his boxing ring stardom into political power.

He was defeated by Darlene Custodio, who has said Filipinos
weren't prepared to lose an icon like Pacquiao, the WBC
International super featherweight champion, to the country's
chaotic politics.

"I accept the result of the canvassing," Pacquiao told ABS-CBN
television.

He urged Custodio and other winning candidates in his southern
home province of South Cotabato to "make good on their promise to
help the poor."

"If that happens, I would be happy, it would be like a victory
for me," the 28-year-old fighter said.