Karen Davila and Vic Lima of DZMM Radio Station interviewed Manny Pacquaio with Bems of Ladlad, the largest LGBT Community in the Philippines to discuss about Manny’s recent comments on same-sex-marriage, comparing same-sex acts worse than animals.
Karen Davila Interviewed Manny Pacquiao on his Same-Sex-Marriage Comment
Vic Lima: Manny, sabi ni Bems ng Ladlad, the damage has been done, nasaktan na sila kahit nag sorry ka na kahapon. Hanggang saan mo kayang gumawa ng paraan para ikaw ay mapatawad nila. To what extent, meeting them face to face? Ano ang balak mo para maka-bawi ka?
Pacquiao: “Sa totoo lang po, ang dami kong mga lgbt na mga scholars, more than hundred, 2 hundred kaya hindi ko kinukundina. Yung gagawin na act. Yun ang ayaw na ayaw ko.”
Karen Davila: Manny, sinabi ng Ladlad, wala pa nga sa usapin sa totoo lang ang same-sex-marriage. Ang naka-binbin sa congresso ngayon na pinaglalaban ng LGBT community ay ang anti-discrimination bill. Kung baga, ang gusto ng ating mga kapatid na LGBT, hindi sila kumbaga tanggalin sa trabaho dahil lang sila ay LGBT. Gusto nila pantay na karapatan kasi hindi nila nakukuha yun ngayon. Itong anti-discrimination bill ay unang hakbang para protektahan sila. Tanong ko Manny, totoo ba na hindi mo sinuportahan ang anti-discrimination bill?
Pacquiao : Hindi po tama yan. Actually, ayaw ko na hinuhusgahan ang tao. Ano man ang status mo sa buhay, ayaw na ayaw ko yung hinuhusgahan mo yung tao. Ang pinapaliwanag ko lang po, sana maintindihan nila, pinapaliwanag ko lang po yung gagawin. Yung pagtatalik pagtatalik sa lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae. Yun po yung ayaw na ayaw ko. Ang pagkatao niya, actually po, may mga pamangkin po ako na bakla at marami po akong pamangkin na bakla.
Pacquiao :“Opo, pero lagi po nating tandaan (Yes, but we have to remember), it is impossible for a nation to become successful, or to be blessed, without the guidance of the Lord.”
Karen Davila: Several countries have already legalized same-sex marriages. Same-sex marriages do not happen inside churches, but in courts, where gay couples are given equal rights just like straight couples.
Pacquiao:“Iba yang marriage, napaka-sacred nyan. Importante yan sa mata ng Panginoon. (Marriage is different. It is very sacred. It is important in the eyes of God). For me, you’re insulting God if you’re doing that.”
Karen Davila:“Should you be a senator or you should be a pastor?”
Pacquiao: “Sa dami ng problema sa government natin, especially yung corruption, ang tanging paraan lamang para ma-resolve yang corruption na yan ay mabalik uli sa Godly leaders ang ating bansa. (With all the problems our government is facing, especially corruption, the only way to resolve it is for our country to have Godly leaders).”
On adoption rights, rights to property, and health, Pacquiao said that it would take a long discussion and would depend on the law. He stressed that same-sex relationships, and the sexual act itself is “detestable in God’s sight”.
Pacquiao on divorce: No
Pacquiao on death penalty: Yes
Less than a day after the Filipino boxer and politician lost his sponsorship deal with Nike because he compared gay people to animals, Pacquiao took to Instagram early Thursday morning and posted some Bible verses that support his views.
Pacquiao’s post was up for about two hours and got more than 18,000 likes before being deleted. The Filipino news agency ABS-CBN captured a screenshot of the post before it was removed.
Pacquiao, a member of the Philippines’ House of Representatives, included other Bible verses in his post, including Luke 6:22-23, an apparent reference to his current situation:
“Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.”
One of them, Leviticus 20:13, states in no uncertain terms that homosexuals should be killed:
“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.” – Source: LA Times
Manny Pacquiao is running for the senate in the upcoming May 9 national elections under the opposition under Vice President Jejomar Binay.