CAVITE, Philippines --- Filipino world champion boxer and congressman Manny Pacquiao was named president of the Adventist University of the Philippines in a surprise announcement this morning.
"Congressman Pacquaio brings with him vast international experience and a well-earned reputation for getting things done," said AUP spokesperson Fidel Ganador. He described Pacquaio as the ideal leader for the institution, praising him as an "icon of excllence as well as a man of faith and principle."
Although Pacquaio himself has yet to address the student body, he has released a statement promising to "fight for growth and topple barriers to success" for the university. He also promised to install his loyal trainer, Freddie Roach, in the newly-created role of Vice President for Athletics.
The boxer pledged an undisclosed sum to completely renovate the university's gymnasium and install a state-of-the-art boxing ring in a bid to revolutionize the athletics offerings of the school. He added that "any injuries resulting from student boxing training can easily be treated at our new College of Medicine."