Pacquiao makes a gaffe with same-sex comment

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao in the 2015 fight which was won by the former.

Boxing champ and candidate for a Senate seat in this May’s Philippine elections Manny Pacquiao revealed his “common sense” stance on same-sex couples in an interview with a local broadcaster – and drew a lot of flak for it.

“It’s common sense,” Pacquiao, also known as Pacman, said. “Do you see any animals that go male to male, or female to female?”

“So the animals are even better [than humans] because they know how to distinguish from male to male or female to female. Right?”

“Now, if we allow male to male or female to female, then that makes us worse than animals (mas masahol pa sa hayop),” he said.

It is true that same-sex marriage is outlawed in the Philippines due to strong opposition from the Catholic Church and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people in the country have limited to no rights. In fact, smaller churches do administer same-sex marriages, but they are not officially recognised.

But as in some other countries in Asia and the rest of the world, there also exists a “third gender”, the Bakla, in the Philippines, comparable to Katoeys in Thailand and Hijra in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Even Muslim countries have accepted third genders, such as the Waria in Indonesia and the Khanith in Oman. A third gender can also be found in indigenous populations of North and Central America, as well as in Polynesia and Micronesia.

Thus, the issue has probably deeper cultural roots rather than the inability to distinguish between male and female, a feature in which Pacquiao suggests animals were “better.”

It is also not “common sense” that there are no same-sex interactions in the animal world. Countless species engage in behaviour that could be interpreted as homosexual or bisexual of nature. Mammals displaying homosexual behaviour, whether in sexual activity or courtship, are, for example, certain bears, cats and dogs, chimpanzees, dolphins, elephants, foxes, giraffes, goats, horses, lions and wales.

As expected, Pacquiao’s remark drew flak from the LGBT community. The boxing icon, who recently donated over 1,000 houses for poor Filippinos in his home town and is positioning himself as a conservative Bible-bearing politician, was criticised in social media as “blind prophet” and even an “ignorant, bigoted hypocrite.” Others said his comments were “misguided” and “below the belt.”

“Outside the boxing ring, I don’t think Manny Pacquiao should be taken seriously,” Kakay Pamaran, a pastor at one of Manila gay churches, said.

Several senatorial candidates distanced themselves from Pacquiao’s comments, saying they “completely disagree.”

Among the presidential candidates, Liberal Party front runner Manuel Roxas stated same-sex unions “should not be a matter of public policy.” Even hardliner Rodrigo Duterte publicly expressed his support for same-sex unions.

Pacquiao later added an explanation to his interview statement, saying he was”not condemning anyone but just telling the truth of what the Bible says.”

“I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh,” he said, adding that “the truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways.”

He also quoted a Bible verse: “1 Corinthians 6:9 ‘[9] Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.'”

In another statement on Instagram on February 16, he said:

“I’m sorry for comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt.”

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao in the 2015 fight which was won by the former.

Boxing champ and candidate for a Senate seat in this May’s Philippine elections Manny Pacquiao revealed his “common sense” stance on same-sex couples in an interview with a local broadcaster – and drew a lot of flak for it.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao in the 2015 fight which was won by the former.

Boxing champ and candidate for a Senate seat in this May’s Philippine elections Manny Pacquiao revealed his “common sense” stance on same-sex couples in an interview with a local broadcaster – and drew a lot of flak for it.

“It’s common sense,” Pacquiao, also known as Pacman, said. “Do you see any animals that go male to male, or female to female?”

“So the animals are even better [than humans] because they know how to distinguish from male to male or female to female. Right?”

“Now, if we allow male to male or female to female, then that makes us worse than animals (mas masahol pa sa hayop),” he said.

It is true that same-sex marriage is outlawed in the Philippines due to strong opposition from the Catholic Church and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) people in the country have limited to no rights. In fact, smaller churches do administer same-sex marriages, but they are not officially recognised.

But as in some other countries in Asia and the rest of the world, there also exists a “third gender”, the Bakla, in the Philippines, comparable to Katoeys in Thailand and Hijra in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Even Muslim countries have accepted third genders, such as the Waria in Indonesia and the Khanith in Oman. A third gender can also be found in indigenous populations of North and Central America, as well as in Polynesia and Micronesia.

Thus, the issue has probably deeper cultural roots rather than the inability to distinguish between male and female, a feature in which Pacquiao suggests animals were “better.”

It is also not “common sense” that there are no same-sex interactions in the animal world. Countless species engage in behaviour that could be interpreted as homosexual or bisexual of nature. Mammals displaying homosexual behaviour, whether in sexual activity or courtship, are, for example, certain bears, cats and dogs, chimpanzees, dolphins, elephants, foxes, giraffes, goats, horses, lions and wales.

As expected, Pacquiao’s remark drew flak from the LGBT community. The boxing icon, who recently donated over 1,000 houses for poor Filippinos in his home town and is positioning himself as a conservative Bible-bearing politician, was criticised in social media as “blind prophet” and even an “ignorant, bigoted hypocrite.” Others said his comments were “misguided” and “below the belt.”

“Outside the boxing ring, I don’t think Manny Pacquiao should be taken seriously,” Kakay Pamaran, a pastor at one of Manila gay churches, said.

Several senatorial candidates distanced themselves from Pacquiao’s comments, saying they “completely disagree.”

Among the presidential candidates, Liberal Party front runner Manuel Roxas stated same-sex unions “should not be a matter of public policy.” Even hardliner Rodrigo Duterte publicly expressed his support for same-sex unions.

Pacquiao later added an explanation to his interview statement, saying he was”not condemning anyone but just telling the truth of what the Bible says.”

“I rather obey the Lord’s command than obeying the desires of the flesh,” he said, adding that “the truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways.”

He also quoted a Bible verse: “1 Corinthians 6:9 ‘[9] Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.'”

In another statement on Instagram on February 16, he said:

“I’m sorry for comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt.”

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