Pacquiao created quite a storm by claiming that gays and people in same-sex marriage are “worse than animals”. After receiving severe backlash, Manny Pacquiao issued an apology via a recorded message and posted it on his fan page.
“I would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. I would like to ask for forgiveness to everyone I hurt because of my comparison [of the LGBT] to animals. It is my mistake and I would like to ask for forgiveness to all those who were hurt [by my words],” Pacquiao said.
“However, this does not change my decision of being against same-sex marriage, and that is my belief. My mistake was that I compared people to animals. I am humbling myself before you and before God for my mistake.”
And now the boxing legend has created another storm by saying that gays/homosexuals must be “put to death”.
He took to Instagram and posted the message early Thursday. The message comes after he was let go by Nike for his anti-gay stand.
Filipino news agency ABS-CBN captured a screenshot of the Instagram post that Manny put up. Quoting Leviticus 20:13 from the Old Testament, Manny posted another anti-gay remark.
“Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable… If a man has sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They are to be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of him with his wife. The post was deleted after two hours but not before it received 18k likes.
When TMZ asked Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum about the boxer’s recent comments that gays are “worse than animals”, he said that although he finds them disgusting, he understands them. According to Arum, Pacquiao’s beliefs are deeply religiously driven as he is a devout Christian.
What is shocking is that the boxer-politician is also receiving support for his anti-gay statements.
“It’s better for them to go to planet Mars,”Philippines senator Juan Ponce Enrile said about the LGBT community as reported TMZ.