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16 Feb 2016

Philippine boxer Manny Pacquiao makes homophobic remarks

Boxer-turned-politician has angered LGBT community and advocates by saying homosexuals are worse than animals in television interview.

Pacquiao's comments have drawn widespread condemnation from gay Filipino celebrities, rights groups and netizens.

Pacquiao positions himself as a conservative Christian politician and is currently running for a senate seat in the country's May elections. He is a member of the Philippines house of representatives.

Speaking to local station TV5, the boxing champion tells interviewer "It's common sense. Will you see any animals where male is to male and female is to female?"

"The animals are better. They know how to distinguish male from female. If we approve [of] male on male, female on female, then Man is worse than animals."

Gay rights organization Ladlad issued a call for voters to boycott Pacquiao. In a statement to local media they said that his comments "betrays a shallow understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity," according to the BBC.

Local celebrities including Filipino comedian Vice Ganda and singer Aiza Seguerra also spoke out against Pacquiao's comments.

The Philippines catholic church remains very conservative on gay rights, as does much of the country. However the capital Manila boasts a vibrant gay scene.

Watch Pacquiao make the comments (in Tagalog) below:

Reader's Comments

1. 2016-02-17 00:49  
Just another ignorant guy so who cares! The world is full of them. We can only hope that eventually most people will come to realize that everyone is equal. People are just people in the end.. we can all love.

2. 2016-02-17 06:53  
He spoke his mind. He later apologised if he caused offence. He's rather religious. Maybe this is to gain votes. Maybe not.

Free speech must prevail.

Now, can we have an article on the Pakistan president banning Valentine's day celebrations?
3. 2016-02-17 14:16  
He's hardly the sharpest knife in the drawer - perfect to be a politician.
He's probably just jealous because he's so unattractive that he can't find a guy!
4. 2016-02-18 00:13  
If any of Mannys children turn out to be Gay will he disown them i would like to know his answer to that situation if it did happen!
5. 2016-02-18 15:27  
your such bit one manny, your not god.....who are to judge) fuckquiao!!!!ignorante ka.... suppose to be your my idol but now your my enemy

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