February 18, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) yesterday said it accepted the apology of the eight-time world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao for his controversial statements that gay couples are worse than animals.
Ladlad chairman Danton Remoto said they respect the boxer’s view on gays.
But he advised him not to do it again.
“Sa akin, tinatanggap ko. Pero huwag na niya sana ulitin kasi hindi na maganda iyon,” said Remoto at the sidelines of a forum in Quezon City.
“Noon meron na din siya diumano na sinabi na biblical passage na laban din sa LGBT,” he added.
Although there is no proof that Pacquiao’s remarks could affect his senatorial bid, Remoto said it might be hard for some LGBTs to forget his statements.
“Hindi kasi namin nagustuhan iyong sinabi niya na masahol pa sa hayop, ipinapakita kasi doon iyong pagkamuhi niya sa LGBT,” he noted.
Contrary to Pacquiao’s claim, Remoto said homosexuality is quite common in the animal kingdom, especially among penguins and giraffes.
He said the lawmaker should watch the National Geographic channel, while his staff should work harder to educate him.
On Tuesday, Pacquiao posted a statement on his Facebook page and said he was “sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals.”
“Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt,” Pacquiao wrote.
However, he noted that he was still against same-sex marriage because it is not the godly union, which is between male and female, mentioned in the bible.
“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,” he stressed.
“I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you,” he added.
The boxer, who is running for a Senate seat this year, earlier drew flak from netizens and several celebrities over his controversial remarks, made during a TV interview.
His disparaging comments about gays have also cost him an endorsement contract with Nike.
In a statement issued yesterday, the company said it is ending its ties with Pacquiao over his comments on gays.
Nike said it no longer will have any business dealings with him.
“We find Manny Pacquiao’s comments abhorrent,” the company said.
“Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community,” it added.