By Alwin M. Ignacio

 It doesn’t follow anyway just because we accepted his apology, we will forget the affliction caused by his “holier than thou” statements. Can his  throng of image builders still save his uncertain political future, or he anticipates to win in his next boxing bout and people will just forgive him for his misdemeanor?

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This is what senatorial aspirant and Saranggani Congressman said in an interview with Bilang Pilipino. He was asked for his opinion about same sex marriage/unions. The reply: “Ginawa ang babae para sa lalaki, ginawa ang lalaki para sa babae.”

He continued, “Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animal na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa yung hayop. Marunong kumikilala, kung lalaki o lalaki, babae o babae.” he added.

“Ngayon kung lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae, mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao,” the Sarangani representative ended his same sex marriage position.

As expected, the Philippine LGBT community were up in arms as they expressed their reactions to the Pacquiao’s pronouncement.

From Professor Danton Remoto, Chairman of Ladlad Party List: “Please do NOT vote for so-called Rep. Manny Pacquiao for senator of this land. His anti-LGBT statement betrays a shallow understanding of the issues that are important to us. Ladlad supports the rights of people to have consensual, same-sex relationships that lead to domestic partnerships or even to same-sex marriage. This is found in the equal-rights provisions of the Constitution, that mandates a level playing field for everybody, whether in the realm of economics or of love. Manny, tama na ang kabobohan.”

From multi-awarded film director Jose Javier Reyes, “I will never desecrate my respect for the legislative branch of the government by voting for a man to sit in the Senate who apparently has no respect for fellow human beings who have made choices different from his own while flaunting himself to be a Christian. “LET US STOP THIS STUPIDITY OF MALIGNING OUR HARD-EARNED DEMOCRACY.”

Boy Abunda
Image: captured through Youtube.com
Dan Remoto with Vice Ganda
Image: Ladlad Partylist Facebook Account

The tweets of pink superstar Vice Ganda, “

“The LGBT is a group of people. We are humans. But not animals. Though we’re no saints, we will pray for Manny Pacquiao.”

“Ang kailangan sa Senado ay mga bihasa sa pulitika, sa batas, sa ekonomiya. Hindi mga bulaang propeta.”

“Manny, maganda ‘yung pag-attend mo sa mga prayer meeting mo. Pero ‘di masama kung um-attend ka din sana noon sa Kongreso.”

For talk show host and LGBT rights advocate Boy Abunda, “Ako po ay nasaktan, ang sama-sama po ng loob ko dahil sobra po ang pag-galang ko ‘kay Manny Pacquiao. Alam niyo po, hindi ko alam kung ano ang pamantayan niya ng sinasabi niyang ‘tao.’ Kung ang tao ay nananakit o ang tao ay nangyuyurak ng karapatan ng ibang tao, eh gugustuhin ko na po maging hayop. Kung ang ibig sabihin po ng mga hayop ay gumagalang, ang ibig sabihin ng hayop ay nagmamahal, then I am an animal.”

He continued his passionate speech in Tonight With Boy Abunda, “Now remember, Manny Pacquiao is considered – or was considered – by many as a national hero. Pero itong mga binitaw niyang salita, para po sa akin (But these words that he said, in my opinion)… he crossed the line. Hindi ako papayag, Manny, if you’re watching, na matawag mo ako na mas masahol pa ako sa hayop.”

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young manny

Boy emphasized the struggles those who have been discriminated against in the past – slaves, women – and said that many are now respected leaders.

“Why am I saying this, Manny? Dahil gusto kong malaman mo, na hindi sila tumigil sa kalalaban para sa kanilang mga karapatan. At kami, sa LGBT community, hindi rin kami titigil, hanggang sa dulo ng buhay namin, hanggang kamatayan, ipaglalaban namin ang aming karapatan to equality, to dignity, dahil ninakaw ito sa amin.”

Abunta carried on, “I am not begging Manny Pacquiao for dignity, I am not begging you for respect, I am not begging you for my humanity, because you do not own my humanity. Akin ‘yon, that’s my birthright.”

“Manny, sino ka?” Boy asked Pacquiao. “Sino ka para manghusga? Saan ka kumuha ng kapangyarihan para tawagin kami na mas masahol pa kaysa sa mga hayop?”

Ladlad Party-list Statement through their FB Account
Image: Ladlad Partylist FB Account
Tweet ni Vice
Image: Vice Ganda Twitter Account

Abunda concluded, “Last point, common sense ang pina-uusapan natin. Tatakbo ka para senador? Ito ang aking katanungan, ito ang personal ko lamang na tanong: palagay mo ba iboboto ko – mga kababayan dito sa studio, sa inyong mga bahay – iboboto ko ba ang isang tao na ang tingin sa akin ay mas masahol pa sa hayop? Manny, ang kasagutan, salita mo: common sense.”

            Manny has apologized for saying that people in same-sex unions are worse than animals. In a Facebook video, he said, “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. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.”

This glitter.ph sentiments regarding Mr. Pacquiao’s apology: We do not need your prayers. What we need is your sincere apology. Please, for the love of God and the Almighty, don’t drag Him in this picture. I know for a fact that God does not judge, and all His creations, He loves, fiercely and unconditionally. He loves people most of all because we are made in the likeness of His being.

That is why, even if your apology is bereft of sincerity, accept it. Let us all accept it.

History and the truth will be his final judge.

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