Manny Pacquiao angers LGBT community with off-hand statement on same-sex marriage

Pacquiao playing basketball

Ladlad Party List, led by Danton Remoto, calls to boycott Manny Pacquiao in the upcoming 2016 Philippines national elections.

Manny Pacquiao, world champion boxer turned politician, stirred a Hornet’s nest when he made an off-handed remark that offended the entire LGBT (Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community in the Philippines.

Pacquiao was quoted, saying: “The animals are better. They know how to distinguish, male or female. If we approve male on male, female on female, then man is worse than animals” in a video released by Interaksyon.

Manny PacquiaoIn response to his sharp words, Ladlad Party List – led by staunch LGBT supporter Danton Remoto – released a statement criticizing Pacquiao’s stance on the issue of same-sex marriage:

“Rep. [Manny] 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,” read the statement.

“To say that animals are better because males of the same species sniff and have sex only with females of the species is ignorant of the fact that homesexuality is found in all forms of creation – from plants to animals, and yes, even to people. 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.”

Additionally, Remoto slammed Pacquiao due to his more than allowed number of absences in the House of Representatives, which was spent either in the boxing ring or on the hardwood floor with the Mahindra Enforcer in the Philippine Basketball Association.

“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,” added Remoto in the statement.

Read the full statement here, courtesy of News5 Everywhere:

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