Terrorist group Abu Sayyaf planned to kidnap Manny Pacquiao or one of his children, according to a statement released by Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, whose sister, Kris, or one of her children, was also allegedly a target.
"They allegedly even hatched plots to kidnap Manny Pacquiao or one of his children, as well as my sister Kris or one of her children, with the plan to use them in bargaining for the release of their cohorts," Aquino said.
Pacquiao, 37, is running for a Senate seat in the Philippines, with elections coming on May 9. He has served as a Congressman since 2010. Abu Sayyaf, who have previously pledged allegiance to ISIS, beheaded Canadian hostage John Ridsdel recently after ransom demands were not met, and currently hold more than 20 other hostages.
Pacquiao, who is the most famous Filipino in the world and an international sporting icon, last fought on April 9, when he beat Timothy Bradley in their third fight, and has said he is currently retired from the sport.