I know that I am nowhere near a physical match to Senator Manny Pacquiao, but part of me feels like wanting to punch him after hearing his arguments opposing a proposed Philippine legislation prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity.
In his interpellation on the bill filed by Senator Risa Hontiveros, Pacquiao said the Bible does not allow cross-dressing (which seems to be his limited idea of LGBTs).
“Even in the Bible, we can read na ang babae, dapat magsuot na pambabae; at ang lalaki, magsuot ng panlalaki (women should wear women’s clothing and men should wear men’s clothing). That’s what I believe,” Pacquiao told Hontiveros .
Senate Bill 1271 seeks to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression (SOGIE).
But that wasn’t even the worst statement that makes me want to knock Pacquiao out.
He said that cross-dressing may be used to “commit fraud” as he cited the case of Jennifer Laude, a transgender woman who was killed by US Marine Pfc. Joseph Scott Pemberton in 2014. Pemberton said he choked Laude to death after learning that the person he brought back to his hotel room was a transgender woman.
How Filipinos elected a bible-quoting (misquoting would be a better term) and homophobic person to the Senate is beyond me.
It doesn’t surprise me to hear such comments by Pacquiao. This is not the first time that he has publicly opposed LGBT rights with stupid arguments.
Many will recall that during his senatorial campaign, Pacquiao had compared gay men to animals for entering into same-sex relationships.
“It’s common sense,” Pacquiao said. “Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
Pacquiao needs to be stopped from taking the Philippines back to the Stone Age.
His pronouncements may be popular with many religious fanatics who, like him, use bible verses to justify their homophobia and bigotry. But even Pope Francis has recently said that Christians should apologize to gay people and others who have been offended and exploited by the Church.
And shame on this neophyte and unqualified senator for blaming the victim (Laude) for the fate she was dealt with by her murderer.
So, go ahead, Pacquiao (the Senator) supporters, defend your idol, sing him bible praises and continue to encourage him to use his Senate seat to condemn LGBTs, and take the side of murderers. Let him know that you agree with his stand that human rights is not for everyone, certainly not for men who love men, women who love women, and those who dress differently from what the homophobic society expects them to.
This is just Round One. Politikal Pinoy is willing to go all the way to Round Twelve to knock this Filipino boxer out. Or just to land one punch in his face. Even if it’s just through my computer keyboard.