LGBT wins round one: combative Manny Pacquiao says sorry

Pacquiao apology
Senatorial candidate and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao apologizes for comparing the LGBT to animals in his latest statement about same sex marriage. Screenshot from a video Pacquiao uploaded on his official Facebook page (Facebook.com/MannyPacquiao)

The LGBT wins this round against the people’s champ.

This after welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao conceded to the LGBT and apologized for his statement comparing the gays to animals.

In a post on his official Facebook page on Tuesday, Pacquiao said he does not intend to denigrate the LGBT by calling them worse off than animals.

Pacquiao said he is sorry for hurting members of the LGBT community.

Still, the Sarangani Representative and absentee in Congress maintained his position against same-sex marriage.

“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT,” Pacquiao said.

“I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you,” he added.

In a video that accompanied the status, Pacquiao can be seen profusely apologizing to the LGBT community.

But his non-verbal cues betray his humility – he apologized with arms folded in front of him, combative and straightforward in his words, defying if he was really sincere in his apology.

“Ang mali ko lang po, nakumpara ko ung tao sa hayop. Humihingi ako ng paumanhin. (My mistake is in comparing a person to an animal. I ask for forgiveness). I’m humbling myself before you, before God, for my mistake,” Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao received social media flak for his statement in an interview with the TV-5 Group for its “Bilang Pilipino” elections coverage.

READ: Pacquiao gets social media flak for comparing LGBT to animals

“Common sense lang. Makakakita ka ba ng any animals na lalake sa lalake, babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa yung hayop. Marunong kumilala kung lalaki lalake, o babae babae,” Pacquiao said when asked of his reaction about same sex marriage.

(It’s only common sense. Can you see any species of animals who engage in male to male, female to female marriage? Then animals are better off than humans. They know how to distinguish male from female.)

“Kung lalake sa lalake, babae sa babae, eh mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao,” he added.

(If people then engage in male to male, female to female marriage, then they are worse off than animals.)

The Sarangani Representative/perennial absentee congressman and born again pastor made the statement at the start of the 2016 elections national campaign for his senatorial bid under opposition candidate Jejomar Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance.

In a statement, Ladlad founder Danton Remoto said Pacquiao is a “numbskull” for not knowing that even animals exhibit homosexual behavior. Ladlad is the first party-list group in Asia to represent the LGBT community.

“Rep. Pacquiao, who is running for a precious seat in the Senate, betrays a shallow understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity, nay, even the very basics of science. To say that animals are better because males of the species sniff and have sex only with females of the species is to be ignorant of the fact that homosexuality is found in all forms of creation—from plants to animals, and yes, even to people,” Remoto said.

“This fact just goes to show that homosexuality is part of nature, and not some repulsive idea that the fundamentalist mind of Pacquiao finds perverse,” he added.

Remoto said Pacquiao should have instead dedicated his time attending the congressional deliberations on the bill prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Rep. Pacquiao should have attended sessions in Congress more than the four times, and sat in the committee deliberations for the long-stalled Anti-Discrimination Bill. If he did, he would have learned of the contributions that the LGBTs have done for the country, as well as the discrimination and oppression we endure, sometimes from our very own Congressmen who rarely come to work, yet get the full benefits not due to them,” Remoto said.

Remoto urged Pacquiao to get himself informed about issues surrounding the LGBT so he would not be left in the Dark Ages, when the barbaric “numbskulls” dominate the world.

“His advisers—and Rep. Pacquiao himself—should bone up on LGBT issues that are becoming more important as the 21st century unfolds. Otherwise, they would be left behind in the Dark Ages, when the cavemen ruled, and the numbskulls roamed the earth,” Remoto said.

On Twitter, television personality Vice Ganda, real name Jose Marie Viceral, lashed back at Pacquiao, saying the country does not need a “false prophet” like him to be elected as senator.

“Ang kailangan sa Senado ay mga bihasa sa pulitika, sa batas, sa ekonomiya. Hindi mga bulaang propeta (What we need in the Senate are those who are experienced in politics, law, and economics—not false prophets),” Pacquiao said.

Vice Ganda said what could perhaps be worse off than an animal is a womanizer like Pacquiao. Pacquiao has been known for his affairs before he converted to born again Christianity.

“Ang pagpatol sa parehong kasarian ay masahol pa sa hayup? E ang pakikiapid habang ika’y may asawa anung kababuyan ito? Pakisagot, Manny!” Vice Ganda tweeted.

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