If the backlash that boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao is reaping is mounting by the day from both the gay and straight communities for his stupid and irresponsible remarks about the union of gays as “worse than animals”, I hope it continues and culminates in his defeat during the May elections where he is vying for a senatorial seat.
I have said it so many times in the past that Pacquiao does not possess the intelligence and the competence that will make him an effective lawmaker in the upper house. He has nothing to crow about his performance in the lower house, so what makes him think that he is now adequately fit to craft laws in the senate?
Pacquiao’s recent and most unfortunate remarks comparing gays to animals in their sexual orientation only shows how politically shortsighted he is and how socially idiotic his idea is about gay people.
It is very lamentable indeed that despite being a changed man, as he claims he is because of his religious fervor, he is showing instead utter bigotry by looking only at gay people’s sexual preferences and not on the overall aspect of gay individuals – their educational background, their achievements and the their contribution to society, etc.
As a boxer Pacquiao may have reached the pinnacle of his career many times over, but as a person and a member of the human society he has to learn to respect the oddities of the human being.
Even Pope Francis recognizes the existence of gay people in the world and never made judgment on their person as Pacquiao did adversely.
There is no doubt that Pacquiao’s knowledge and interpretation of the Bible is faulty at best, and at worst, superficial.
This is the same kind of acumen Pacquaio is going to bring to the senate if he wins – God forbids.
What a shame!