Ladlad hits Pacquiao for anti-LGBT comment

Patricia Lourdes Viray - Philstar.com

MANILA, Philippines - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) group Ladlad on Tuesday called on the public not to vote for senatorial aspirant and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao following his comment on same-sex marriage.

"Common sense lang. Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa 'yung hayop," Pacquiao said in an interview with Bilang Pilipino.


Manny Pacquiao on same-sex marriage

"Mas masahol pa sa hayop." Senatorial aspirant and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao had this to say when we asked him for his stand on same-sex marriage. #BilangPilipino

Posted by Bilang Pilipino on Monday, February 15, 2016


Ladlad Chair Danton Remoto said that Pacquiao's anti-LGBT statement was a shallow understanding of the issues that are important to the community.

"Ladlad supports the rights of people to have consensual, same-sex relationships that lead to domestic partnerships or even to same-sex marriage," Remoto said in a statement posted on Facebook.

Remoto noted that the rights of people to domestic partnerships or same-sex marriage can be found in the equal-rights provisions of the Constitution.

"Manny, tama na ang kabobohan," Remoto said.


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Posted by Ladlad Party-List on Monday, February 15, 2016

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Meanwhile, Filipina transgender model and Gender Proud founder Geena Rocero sees Pacquiao's statement as an opportunity to educate the public about the LGBT community.

"We have a chance to educate the public, a teachable moment and refute what Manny Pacquiao said about LGBTQ people... LGBTQs and Filipinos deserve to be dignified instead of dehumanization," Rocero said in a Facebook post.

Pacquiao is a senatorial candidate of Vice President Jejomar Binay's United Nationalist Alliance. He ranked eighth in the latest Social Weather Stations senatorial survey.

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