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COMELEC TO STUDY IF PACQIAO-BRADLEY FIGHT VIOLATES ELECTION LAW


FEBRUARY 19 -BAUTISTA -
The Comelec appeared not inclined to pursue charges against Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on its own even if the widely covered bout with Timothy Bradley falls on April 10 (Manila time), or exactly a month before the elections. File photo
 Still reeling from the uproar over his gay slur, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao may be cited for violation of election rules if his coming bout with Timothy Bradley would be found to give him undue advantage – in terms of airtime – over his rivals in the senatorial race. This was the response of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista to a comment by senatorial aspirant and former Akbayan lawmaker Walden Bello that Pacquiao should postpone the fight with Bradley because it would give the boxer “tremendous media mileage,” and ultimately undue advantage over other candidates. Bautista said yesterday they would check the details of the fight to determine if it goes against the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Fair Elections Act. But the Comelec appeared not inclined to pursue charges against Pacquiao on its own even if the widely covered bout falls on April 10 (Manila time), or exactly a month before the elections. “We will look into it, if and when a formal complaint is filed. We have to look at the Fair Elections Act as well as rules re campaign expenses, these are the related issues,” he said. Asked why the Comelec would not exercise its motu propio power on Pacquiao, Bautista explained they “might also be faulted for why we are picking on him.” “We all know that he’s a national figure, he has brought pride and glory to the country,” he added. Bautista admitted it is “speculative” to say that Pacquiao’s fight and its coverage would violate election rules. He added media exposure – especially in Pacquiao’s case – could be a “gray area” in the rules. READ MORE...RELATED, Poll body won’t initiate DQ case vs Pacquiao— Bautista...

ALSO: Toughest fight - Pacman vs ‘gayweather’; Same-sex couples, “masahol pa sa hayop” Pacquiao's own words
[VERY IGNORANT SHALLOW MIND; NO BRAINS, JUST BRAWN]


FEBRUARY 17 -Screen grab from YouTube shows boxing icon and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao explaining his stand on same-sex marriage during an interview for Bilang Pilipino, the election coverage of TV5 and The STAR.
He lost the world title to Floyd Mayweather. Will boxing icon Manny Pacquiao also lose this match?
Punsters have described the fight of this election season as “Pacman vs gayweather” – a reference to the gay community, whose hackles were raised after the Sarangani congressman said same-sex couples were “masahol pa sa hayop” or worse than animals. Pacquiao, who is running for a Senate seat in May, initially explained that he was merely quoting teachings from the Bible. By early last night, however, the ensuing firestorm compelled Pacquiao to issue a public apology to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. “Nais ko pong humingi ng paumanhin sa mga nasaktan ko sa pagkumpara sa tao sa hayop (I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals),” he said in a video posted on his Facebook page. However, he said he stands firm on his belief because this was what the Bible taught. READ MORE...RELATED, Marquez: Pacquiao legacy intact despite controversy...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao stands firm on gay slurs, boxing champion says God is on his side


FEBRAURY 19 -PHOTO: Comments spark outrage ... Manny Pacquiao. (AFP: Chris Farina)
Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao has doubled down over gay slurs that have tarnished his reputation and cost him millions in endorsements, insisting God is on his side. The eight-division world champion smiled and joked through a training session in his home town of General Santos, then told reporters he had no intention of bowing to his critics. Key points: •Manny Pacquiao made comments saying gays are 'worse than animals' •Pacquiao reinventing himself as conservative, Bible-bearing politician ahead of May elections •Nike pulled out as his global sponsor over remarks •"What I am saying is right. I mean I am just stating the truth, what the Bible says," said Pacquiao, 37. Pacquiao, who converted from Catholicism to an evangelical Protestant faith late in his boxing career, ignited a global controversy this week when he described homosexuals as worse than animals. "It's common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female," Pacquiao told Filipino television station TV5. "If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals." An even more incendiary quote from the Bible was posted on his Instagram account early Thursday. The quote read: "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 post was quickly deleted, but not before local media outlet ABS-CBN captured and published a screen shot. A Pacquiao aide in General Santos confirmed the post went on his Instagram account. READ MORE...

ALSO: Pacquiao loses Nike, faces DQ threat


FEBRUARY 19 -NO LETUP Despite his apology for his antigay remarks, boxing champ Manny Pacquiao (center) continues to reap flak. REM ZAMORA
It’s a double whammy for the boxing champ, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.
Not only did the senatorial aspirant lose his lucrative endorsement deal with Nike sportswear —no thanks to his antigay remarks on Monday that the global brand described as “abhorrent”—but Pacquiao also faces the possibility of being disqualified in May’s senatorial elections because of his upcoming fight with American boxer Timothy Bradley on April 9. Former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello on Thursday called on Pacquiao to voluntarily postpone his fight with Bradley or he would be liable for disqualification in the 2016 elections, as the bout in the middle of the 90-day campaign period would “mean hours and hours of coverage before, during and after the fight.” This, Bello said, translates into “massive free advertising” for the boxing icon to the disadvantage of other senatorial candidates. “Manny is a great boxer, and I am a fan, but now that he is also a senatorial candidate, he needs to understand that election laws must apply to everyone. There are limits to political advertising,” Bello, also a senatorial contender, said in a statement. Fair play Bello said he believed that his idol “understands the concept of sportsmanship and fair play” and would reschedule his fight after Election Day. If Pacquiao does not, Bello said, he would be forced to file a case seeking his disqualification. In a statement, Nike Inc., the world’s largest sportswear maker, said it had ended its contract with Pacquiao after his “abhorrent” remarks describing same-sex couples as “worse than animals.” “Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community,” the statement added. Nike’s decision came a day after an online petition was launched urging the company to stop Pacquiao from endorsing its products. Pacquiao, who won world boxing titles in eight different weight classes during his 20-year career, suddenly fell from grace after a 30-second interview on local television about same-sex marriage, which he opposes. Same-sex marriage is not allowed in the Philippines, where more than 80 percent of its 100 million population is Roman Catholic. Bad blood READ MORE...

ALSO: Manny Pacquiao sorry for saying gays 'worse than animals'


FEBRUARY 17 -FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2015, file photo, Manny Pacquiao takes questions at the Asia Society in New York. Boxing star Pacquiao has created a firestorm in his home country after saying people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals.” Pacquiao, who is running for a Philippine Senate seat, made the remark in a video posted Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, on local TV5’s election site. He also said animals are better than people in same-sex relationships because they recognize the difference between males and females. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) Boxing star and Philippine Senate candidate Manny Pacquiao apologized Tuesday for denouncing people in gay relationships as "worse than animals" but said he stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage. Fellow Filipino celebrities were among those criticizing his remarks, made when a TV network asked candidates about their views on same-sex marriage. "It's just common sense," Pacquiao said in the remarks posted online by the TV5 network. "Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?" Animals, he said, were better because they recognize gender differences, and "if you have male-to-male or female-to-female (relationships), then people are worse than animals." Among those who reacted strongly was popular gay comedian and TV host Jose Marie Viceral, known as Vice Ganda. Vice Ganda tweeted that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are humans, not animals. He said that they're not saints, but that they'll pray for the boxer, who is widely acclaimed for bringing his country honors. Vice Ganda posted a picture of Pope Francis, suggesting that even the beloved leader of the Roman Catholic church does not condemn gays. He quoted the pope: "If a person is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?" Danton Remoto, chairman of the LGBT group Ladlad, said Pacquiao's comments betray a shallow understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bob Arum calls Manny Pacquiao’s comments on gays ‘reprehensible’


FEBRUARY 17 -BOB ARUM -Photo: Joe Scarnici/Getty Images 
Bob Arum, who helped turn Manny Pacquiao into an international icon, weighed in on the controversy engulfing his top client on Wednesday. The promoter called Pacquiao’s anti-gay comments “reprehensible” and hopes the public doesn’t equate his views with those involved with the promotion for his upcoming fight with Tim Bradley on HBO Pay-Per-View.
Pacquiao, who is running for a seat in the Senate in his native Philippines, told a local TV station that those engaged in same-sex relationships are “worse than animals.” “I think it’s reprehensible,” Arum told RingTV.com in a phone interview on Wednesday. “I’m in favor of same-sex marriage. I’m in favor of gay rights. A lot of my friends are gays, particularly in California and Hollywood, so it’s very offensive to them and that’s what I’m most concerned about.” Arum sought to distance Pacquiao’s views from anyone involved in his fight on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “The only way you do damage control is he apologized and we move away from the possibility that anybody would think we or Bradley or anyone connected to the fight believes in what he did say,” Arum said. “And if (Pacquiao) believes it, it’s unfortunate but that’s his belief. You can’t really affect somebody who is saying things that you don’t believe in but is part of their religious beliefs.” READ MORE...


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Comelec to study if Pacquiao-Bradley fight violates election law


BAUTISTA -The Comelec appeared not inclined to pursue charges against Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on its own even if the widely covered bout with Timothy Bradley falls on April 10 (Manila time), or exactly a month before the elections. File photo

MANILA, FEBRUARY 22, 2016 (PHILSTAR)  By Sheila Crisostomo and Jess Diaz February 19, 2016 - Still reeling from the uproar over his gay slur, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao may be cited for violation of election rules if his coming bout with Timothy Bradley would be found to give him undue advantage – in terms of airtime – over his rivals in the senatorial race.

This was the response of Commission on Elections (Comelec) Chairman Andres Bautista to a comment by senatorial aspirant and former Akbayan lawmaker Walden Bello that Pacquiao should postpone the fight with Bradley because it would give the boxer “tremendous media mileage,” and ultimately undue advantage over other candidates.

Bautista said yesterday they would check the details of the fight to determine if it goes against the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Fair Elections Act.

But the Comelec appeared not inclined to pursue charges against Pacquiao on its own even if the widely covered bout falls on April 10 (Manila time), or exactly a month before the elections.

“We will look into it, if and when a formal complaint is filed. We have to look at the Fair Elections Act as well as rules re campaign expenses, these are the related issues,” he said.

Asked why the Comelec would not exercise its motu propio power on Pacquiao, Bautista explained they “might also be faulted for why we are picking on him.”

“We all know that he’s a national figure, he has brought pride and glory to the country,” he added.

Bautista admitted it is “speculative” to say that Pacquiao’s fight and its coverage would violate election rules. He added media exposure – especially in Pacquiao’s case – could be a “gray area” in the rules.

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In his statement, Walden maintained a Pacquiao bout with Bradley would surely exceed the airtime limit of 120 minutes in every television station and 180 minutes in each radio station.

Under the IRR, the prohibited forms of election propaganda include “theater, through television station, or any public forum, any movie, cinematography or documentary, including concern, or any type of performance portraying the life or biography of a candidate, or in which a character is portrayed by an actor or media personality who is himself or herself a candidate.”

Bello said celebrities, radio and television personalities, and even media persons are asked to go on leave if they run for public office so they would not have an edge over other candidates in terms of media exposure.

He said candidates endorsing commercial products on television, radio and other media platforms are also told to stop such endorsements.

Bautista asked Bello to file a formal complaint with the Comelec so that the poll body could discuss the boxing champion’s case in its sessions.

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Poll body won’t initiate DQ case vs Pacquiao— Bautista Written by Charlie V. Manalo and Jason Faustino Sunday, 21 February 2016 00:00



CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY — Fearful they would be accused of discriminating eight-division world boxing champion, Commission on Elections (Comelec) chairman Andy Bautista yesterday said the poll body would not initiate any disqualification case against United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) senatorial bet Manny Pacquiao.

Bautista made this clarification when asked by reporters regarding earlier reports quoting him as saying they were studying possible actions against Pacquaio should he pursue with his fight with Timothy Bradley.

“Wala pa, hindi kami mag-i-initiate na mag-file ng disqualification (So far, none. We won’t initiate any disqualification case against him lest we be accused of discriminating him,” Bautista said.

“Somebody else has to file a case,” he added.

Last Thursday, ANC quoted Bautista as saying he had asked one of the Comelec lawyers to look into possible election violations Pacquiao might commit should his third fight with Bradley push through.

Pacquiao has a scheduled bout against Bradley on April 9 or a month before the elections take place.

Some observers are saying Pacquiao’s fight is illegal based on election rules since the televised bout would give the aspiring senator an “unfair advantage” over his rivals in terms of media coverage and airtime.

The question on the legality of Pacquaio’s tiff with Bradley comes in the wake of another controversy the boxer had found himself into, with that of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community over his remarks on the issue of the same-sex marriage.

Pacquiao, however, said should his April fight with Bradley be found to be violating any of the Comelec rules, he would be willing to cancel his farewell bout even if it would mean losing millions of dollars in prize.

Meanwhile, Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao said he is open to the possibility of having his third bout with American boxer Timothy Bradley be cancelled or moved to another date amid complaints over alleged free media mileage he will enjoy during an election season.

Various groups questioned the timing of Pacquiao’s fight, saying the people’s champ will be given advantage as his fight will be covered by all kinds of media.

Kung yan ay against the law, sa rules, bakit hindi, Pacquiao said.

But he argued this is not the first time that he fought during an election season..

Hindi naman ito ang unang laban ko na tumakbo ako sa eleksyon, mga nakalipas na eleksyon lumaban din ako.Wala naman, Pacquiao said.

Pacquiao added he is doing the fight not for his own purpose but for the people and the fans.

Ito namang fight ko ay karangalan nating lahat. Tayo din naman ang makinabang unless kung may mga tao talagang crab mentality. Ayaw ng ganoon. Sundin natin kung ano yong batas. Kung ano ang rules ng Comelec pero advice ng abogado ko ay okay naman,” he said.

He added he has no problem if the poll body wants the fight to be stopped.

Okay naman, wala namang problema dahil sa naglabas naman ng rules and regulation ang Comelec at pwede naman tayong lumaban. Siguro ang makapagbigay ng eksaktong detalye niyan, makapagsalita yong abogada namin, he said.

Pacquiao also clarified reports that other endorsers and sponsors such as “footlocker” and Pistacio” had also backed out on him after Nike terminated its contract over his controversial statements on gay and lesbians saying they are worse than animals.

Hindi po totoo yan.In fact marami tayong dinideal ngayon na endorsement. Hindi namin maannounce pero makikita naman nila yan sa mga ilalabas, he said.


Toughest fight: Pacman vs ‘gayweather’ By Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 17, 2016 - 12:00am 2 68 googleplus0 0


Screen grab from YouTube shows boxing icon and senatorial candidate Manny Pacquiao explaining his stand on same-sex marriage during an interview for Bilang Pilipino, the election coverage of TV5 and The STAR.

MANILA, Philippines - He lost the world title to Floyd Mayweather. Will boxing icon Manny Pacquiao also lose this match?

Punsters have described the fight of this election season as “Pacman vs gayweather” – a reference to the gay community, whose hackles were raised after the Sarangani congressman said same-sex couples were “masahol pa sa hayop” or worse than animals.

Pacquiao, who is running for a Senate seat in May, initially explained that he was merely quoting teachings from the Bible.

By early last night, however, the ensuing firestorm compelled Pacquiao to issue a public apology to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

“Nais ko pong humingi ng paumanhin sa mga nasaktan ko sa pagkumpara sa tao sa hayop (I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals),” he said in a video posted on his Facebook page.

However, he said he stands firm on his belief because this was what the Bible taught.

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 “I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God bless you all and I’m praying for you,” he said.

Pacquiao issued the controversial statement in an interview for Bilang Pilipino – the election coverage of TV5 and The STAR – a portion of which was uploaded online last Monday.

Asked about his stand on same-sex couples, Pacquiao remarked, “Mas mabuti pa yung hayop, marunong kumilala kung lalaki-lalaki o babae-babae. Kung lalaki sa lalaki o babae sa babae, e mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao (Animals are better, they know how to distinguish male-to-male or female-to-female. If it’s male-to-male or female-to-female, humans are worse than animals),” Pacquiao said.

He said “common sense” dictated against same-sex relationships.

A Catholic before he became a born again Christian, Pacquiao is running for senator under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) led by the party’s presidential bet Vice President Jejomar Binay.

The video, uploaded on Monday night, had been viewed over 1.5 million times and shared over 28,000 times as of late yesterday afternoon.

While there were some who agreed with Pacquiao’s views, a majority of those who commented on the video criticized the boxer for his remarks.


Ateneo professor Danton Remoto, chairman of Ang Ladlad, the gay advocacy organization. PHOTO FROM THE PROFESSIONAL HECKLER ONLINE.

Danton Remoto, chair of the LGBT advocacy party-list group Ladlad, urged the public not to vote for Pacquiao.

“His anti-LGBT statement betrays a shallow understanding of the issues that are important to us. Ladlad supports the rights of people to have consensual, same-sex relationships that lead to domestic partnerships or even to same-sex marriage,” said Remoto.

“This is found in the equal-rights provisions of the Constitution, that mandates a level playing field for everybody, whether in the realm of economics or of love,” Remoto added.

Comedienne Vice Ganda tweeted: “The LGBT is a group of people. We are humans. But not animals. Though we’re no saints we will pray for Manny Pacquiao.”

Singer Aiza Seguerra, who recently married her actress-girlfriend, called on voters to boycott Pacquiao, who is also preparing for what he claims will be his final fight in April, calling him an “ignorant, bigoted hypocrite.”

“You might have done our country proud but with your statement, you just showed the whole country why we shouldn’t vote for you,” Seguerra said in a post on Instagram.

Pacquiao gave the television interview as part of his campaign for one of 12 seats in the nationally elected Senate.

The most recent surveys suggest he would win.

Hollywood gossip columnist Perez Hilton also reacted to the statement of the boxer.

“Look, if your religious beliefs prevent you from accepting same-sex marriage, that’s on you. That’s YOUR idea of propriety,” Hilton said in a post on his website.

“But there’s absolutely no call to demonize and denigrate gay people by comparing them to animals just because their love is something YOU’RE unable to accept,” Hilton added.

Pacquiao clarified yesterday that he was merely quoting the Bible when he uttered his remarks against same-sex marriage.

“I rather obey the Lord’s command than obey the desires of the flesh. I’m not condemning anyone, but I’m just telling the truth of what the Bible says,” Pacquiao said in a post on Instagram.

He then cited 1 Corinthians 6:9, which read: “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men.”

“God Bless everyone. I love you all,” Pacquiao’s post ended.

Actress Lea Salonga posted a message on her Facebook account: “I’m just going to leave this right here. Homosexuality is found in over 450 species, homophobia is found in only one. Which one seems unnatural now?”

New York supermodel and Filipina transgender Geena Rocero said that statements and beliefs like that of Pacquiao “cause discrimination, stigma, violence, isolation of LGBT people in the Philippines.”

“Sexual fluidity is well documented in the animal world. Please don’t impose your religious beliefs in your job as a government official,” Rocero added.

“Hey, Manny Pacquiao. When did love become more inhuman than the lack of compassion?” artist Juan Miguel Severo said.

“We Filipinos love our symbols and signifiers. Pacquiao won that seat because he symbolized and signified hope, resilience, greatness. But with that statement he easily became a symbol and signifier for ignorance and bigotry,” Severo noted.

‘Respect his opinion’ UNA urged the public to respect the opinion of Pacquiao.

“Congressman Pacquiao is in the best position to expound on… why he said that. But I know he is a charismatic person and a preacher,” UNA spokesman Mon Ilagan told The STAR.

“For me, there should be no discrimination and everyone should be equal. But as a Catholic, I obey the teachings of the Church,” Ilagan said.

Senatorial candidates running with Sen. Grace Poe as standard bearer and her running mate Sen. Francis Escudero scoffed at the statement made by Pacquiao.

‘Below the belt’

Bayan Muna party-list Rep. Neri Colmenares said that the remarks were “below the belt” and have no place in this day and age.

“We have an anti-discrimination bill that was not passed. Let us not further the discrimination by comparing LGBTs to animals,” Colmenares said.

Sen. Vicente Sotto III said Pacquiao was misguided and he did not agree with the statement.

Lawyer Lorna Kapunan said Pacquiao should just stick to his strengths instead of commenting on matters he is not familiar with.

“He is good at boxing so he should just stick with that,” Kapunan said.

Susan Ople said that Pacquiao needs enlightenment and guidance on issues related to LGBTs.

Gabriela party-list Reps. Emmerenciana de Jesus and Luzviminda Ilagan called for an apology from Pacquiao.

They said members of the LGBT community are citizens who deserve the same rights as everyone else.

Valenzuela City Rep. Sherwin Gatchalian, who is also running for the Senate, corrected Pacquiao, saying animals also exhibit same-sex relations.

“I am a practicing Christian and may not approve of same-sex or LGBT marriage, but I will not stand in opposition to genuine initiatives moving for LGBT union in the country,” Gatchalian said. – With Marvin Sy, Charmie Joy Pagulong, Alexis Romero, Helen Flores

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Marquez: Pacquiao legacy intact despite controversy SHARES: 5932 VIEW COMMENTS By: Mark Giongco @MGiongcoINQ INQUIRER.net 04:16 PM February 20th, 2016


Eight-time world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao (L) of the Philippines and Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez (R) pose for the media for the start of a series of a four-city international media tour of their November 12 bout. AFP PHOTO / JAY DIRECTO

Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao again found themselves on opposing sides.

The four-division world champion Marquez, who had four epic fights with Pacquiao, believes his Filipino rival made a costly mistake in making derogatory remarks against gays during a recent interview.

Pacquiao, who is running for a Senate seat in the May elections, is under fire after describing homosexuals and gay couples as “worse than animals.”

READ: Pacquiao boxing legacy stays amid LGBT debacle, says boxing analyst

Marquez feels Pacquiao has to pay for the consequences of his actions. However, the Mexican legend doesn’t think Pacquiao’s legacy will be affected by the controversy.

“Pacquiao’s legacy will not get stained by this, it’s something separate and he’s about to finish writing the final chapter. He made a mistake and he will pay,” Marquez told ESPN Deportes as posted on BoxingScene.com. “There is no doubt about his quality as a fighter, but there are times when the fish dies by its mouth. He lost his Nike sponsorship and the people behind him told him he was wrong.”

READ: Donaire: Pacquiao just voiced out his beliefs improperly

“And he is paying the consequences and he must assume [the reaction to those statements]. Sexual preferences are now open, a marriage of persons of the same sex is now open and he has to accept it.”

The 37-year-old Pacquiao, boxing’s only eight-division champion, plans to retire after his third fight with Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas.

Marquez also lauded Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum for backing the apparel giant’s decision to cut its ties with the former WBO welterweight champion.

READ: Pacquiao refuses to back down on gay slurs: ‘I’m just stating the truth’

“[Arum] was right to support the decision of Nike. It was Pacquiao’s error and [Arum] shouldn’t be involved in something like that. Arum [did the right thing], people are going to come after Arum if he supports Pacquiao,” said Marquez, who knocked out Pacquiao in their final meeting in 2012.

“Pacquiao said he made a mistake and now he must accept the mistake and suffer the consequences. Pacquiao has to be more responsible [for] his statements, in what he says or declares and he won’t have these problems.”


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Manny Pacquiao stands firm on gay slurs, boxing champion says God is on his side
Posted Fri at 3:14am FEBRUARY 19, 2-16


PHOTO: Comments spark outrage ... Manny Pacquiao. (AFP: Chris Farina)

Philippine boxing great Manny Pacquiao has doubled down
over gay slurs that have tarnished his reputation and
cost him millions in endorsements, insisting God is on his side.


The eight-division world champion smiled and joked through a training session in his home town of General Santos, then told reporters he had no intention of bowing to his critics.

Key points:

•Manny Pacquiao made comments saying gays are 'worse than animals'
•Pacquiao reinventing himself as conservative, Bible-bearing politician ahead of May elections
•Nike pulled out as his global sponsor over remarks
•"What I am saying is right. I mean I am just stating the truth, what the Bible says," said Pacquiao, 37.

Pacquiao, who converted from Catholicism to an evangelical Protestant faith late in his boxing career, ignited a global controversy this week when he described homosexuals as worse than animals.

"It's common sense. Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female," Pacquiao told Filipino television station TV5.

"If men mate with men and women mate with women, they are worse than animals."

An even more incendiary quote from the Bible was posted on his Instagram account early Thursday.

The quote read: "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 post was quickly deleted, but not before local media outlet ABS-CBN captured and published a screen shot.

A Pacquiao aide in General Santos confirmed the post went on his Instagram account.

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Pacquiao issued an apology on social media on Tuesday, shortly after the initial controversy broke.

But Pacquiao, who intends to retire after his April fight against American Timothy Bradley to pursue a career in politics, signalled Friday his apology was qualified.

What I did wrong was just comparing the people to animals, but you know what I am telling is the truth.
Manny Pacquiao
"What I did wrong was just comparing the people to animals, but you know what I am telling is the truth," he told reporters.

"I mean I am just telling what the Bible says. We believe God and then we should honour the word of God."

'Happy with God on my side'


PHOTO: Nike has pulled out of its sponsorship deal with Manny Pacquiao. (Getty Images: Jamie Squire)

Pacquiao also said he was unfussed by the controversy, and that it had not affected his training or dampened his morale.

"I'm happy. I'm always happy because God is with me," he said.

One of Pacquiao's media handlers told reporters at the training session on Friday that they were not allowed to ask him any questions about the controversy.

However Pacquiao appeared eager to show he remained firm in his religious convictions, and happily accepted questions on the controversy.

Nike, Pacquiao's major global sponsor, cancelled its endorsement deal with him this week, describing his comments as "abhorrent".

"Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community ... we no longer have a relationship with Manny Pacquiao," the statement said.

Pacquiao, one of the world's highest paid athletes for more than a decade, continued to wear his Nike apparel at Friday's training session.


PHOTO: Floyd Mayweather Jr (L) has criticised Manny Pacquiao's (R) comments. (Getty Images: Al Bello)

Many prominent figures in the United States, where same-sex marriage is enshrined in law, also expressed revulsion this week.

Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete in the NBA, dismissed Pacquiao as "bigoted".


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Pacquiao loses Nike, faces DQ threat SHARES: 2804 VIEW COMMENTS By: Tina G. Santos and Gil C. Cabacungan @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:56 AM February 19th, 2016


NO LETUP Despite his apology for his antigay remarks, boxing champ Manny Pacquiao (center) continues to reap flak. REM ZAMORA

It’s a double whammy for the boxing champ, Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

Not only did the senatorial aspirant lose his lucrative endorsement deal with Nike sportswear

—no thanks to his antigay remarks on Monday that the global brand described as “abhorrent”—but Pacquiao also faces the possibility of being disqualified in May’s senatorial elections because of his upcoming fight with American boxer Timothy Bradley on April 9.

Former Akbayan Rep. Walden Bello on Thursday called on Pacquiao to voluntarily postpone his fight with Bradley or he would be liable for disqualification in the 2016 elections, as the bout in the middle of the 90-day campaign period would “mean hours and hours of coverage before, during and after the fight.”

This, Bello said, translates into “massive free advertising” for the boxing icon to the disadvantage of other senatorial candidates.

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“Manny is a great boxer, and I am a fan, but now that he is also a senatorial candidate, he needs to understand that election laws must apply to everyone. There are limits to political advertising,” Bello, also a senatorial contender, said in a statement.

Fair play

Bello said he believed that his idol “understands the concept of sportsmanship and fair play” and would reschedule his fight after Election Day. If Pacquiao does not, Bello said, he would be forced to file a case seeking his disqualification.

In a statement, Nike Inc., the world’s largest sportswear maker, said it had ended its contract with Pacquiao after his “abhorrent” remarks describing same-sex couples as “worse than animals.”

“Nike strongly opposes discrimination of any kind and has a long history of supporting and standing up for the rights of the LGBT community,” the statement added.

Nike’s decision came a day after an online petition was launched urging the company to stop Pacquiao from endorsing its products.

Pacquiao, who won world boxing titles in eight different weight classes during his 20-year career, suddenly fell from grace after a 30-second interview on local television about same-sex marriage, which he opposes.

Same-sex marriage is not allowed in the Philippines, where more than 80 percent of its 100 million population is Roman Catholic.

Bad blood

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“It’s just common sense. Do you see any animals of the same-sex mating? Animals are better off, they can distinguish between male and female,” Pacquiao said on Monday.

“Now if men are mating with men and women with women, then they are worse than animals,” he added.

Despite his apology on Tuesday, the boxer continued to reap bad blood both here and abroad for his antigay remarks, with his promoter Bob Arum scrambling to contain the damage done by Pacquiao’s comments.

“What he’s saying is diametrically opposed to what I believe. I’m in favor of gay rights and same-sex marriage,” said Arum, who is promoting Pacquiao’s upcoming fight with Bradley.

The boxer could lose some other fight sponsors because of the remarks, he added.

Arum described Pacquiao as an evangelical Christian who believes that homosexuality is wrong, adding the boxer was trying to win votes in the Philippines, where the issue of same-sex marriage had not been decided.

For home consumption

“What he said is completely for home consumption for Filipinos wrestling with the question of legalizing same-sex marriage,” said the boxing promoter.

“Instead of promoting a fight with a fighter, I’m promoting a fight with a politician,” Arum said.

“It’s like if Donald Trump was a boxer and I was promoting Donald Trump when he was running for president. I would be killed by the media for all the stupid statements he is making,” he added.

It’s not the first time that Nike severed its business ties with Pacquiao, who was previously involved in a furor over gay rights. In 2012 he was quoted as saying he was against same-sex marriages because “it’s the law of God,” though he denied inferring that homosexuals should be put to death.

Like most of the boxer’s endorsement partners, Nike did not renew its partnership with the Pacman when it expired at the end of 2012.

After Pacquiao’s two straight wins in 2013, Nike went back to the table on the second half of 2014, and launched a line of hoodies and T-shirts in 2015 ahead of the Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout.

Comelec probe

Bello said the Bradley fight advertisements would give Pacquiao exposure that exceeded the allowed airtime of 120 minutes in every television station and 180 minutes in every radio station, as provided for by the new implementing rules and regulations of the Fair Elections Act.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said it would look into the possible violation of election rules should the Pacquiao-Bradley match pushes through in April, a full month before the May 9 polls.

Comelec Chair Andres Bautista said that even if election violations were determined, it would be better if complaints were filed against Pacquiao instead of the Comelec doing it on its own initiative.

“We might be faulted (and asked), why are we picking on him? We all know that he is a national figure and has brought pride and glory to the country,” Bautista explained.

“If Mr. Bello wants to file a case in the Comelec, he can do so. We can formally look into it,” he added.

A violation of campaign rules and regulations is tantamount to an election offense, which carries the penalty of one to six years imprisonment as well as disqualification from voting and holding public office.

Bello said the Comelec issued Resolution No. 9615 three years ago to expand the definition of “political advertisement” to include media appearances in shows not covered by the Comelec hour.

This was the reason why television and radio anchors, as well as reporters and news columnists are required to resign or take a leave of absence from their media-related jobs after filing their certificates of candidacy, Bello said.

He added that he himself took a leave as a newspaper online columnist in the months leading up to the 2013 elections “to comply with the law.”

A media officer in Pacquiao’s camp, who spoke on condition of anonymity for lack of authority to speak on the issue, said that as far as the Pacquiao camp was concerned, the possibility of disqualification was only Bello’s opinion.

Bigoted

The media officer added that Nike’s statement about not having a business relationship with Pacquiao was accurate, since its contract with the boxer had ended two years ago.


RETIRED NBA CENTER Jason Collins calls Manny Pacquiao a bigot after anti-gay comments

Jason Collins, the first openly gay athlete in the NBA, dismissed Pacquiao as “bigoted.” He tweeted: “Bigoted people like you (& yes you are one) should never hold an office in politics.”

Mayweather, who outclassed the Pacman in their money-spinning megafight last year—was quoted by TMZ sports as saying, “We should let people live their lives the way they want to live their lives. To each his own,” Mayweather was quoted by TMZ Sports as saying.

Popular Filipino gay comedian, Vice Ganda, urged his 6.7 million Twitter followers to “#PrayForMannyPacquiao.” “Some people think they can judge people, like God, just because they’ve attended a prayer meeting and read the Bible,” he said.

Singer Aiza Seguerra, who recently married her actress-girlfriend, called on Filipino voters to boycott Pacquiao, calling him an “ignorant, bigoted hypocrite.”

“You might have done our country proud but with your statement, you just showed the whole country why we shouldn’t vote for you,” Seguerra said in a post on Instagram. With reports from AP and AFP


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FILE - In this Oct. 12, 2015, file photo, Manny Pacquiao takes questions at the Asia Society in New York. Boxing star Pacquiao has created a firestorm in his home country after saying people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals.” Pacquiao, who is running for a Philippine Senate seat, made the remark in a video posted Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, on local TV5’s election site. He also said animals are better than people in same-sex relationships because they recognize the difference between males and females. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Boxing star and Philippine Senate candidate Manny Pacquiao apologized Tuesday for denouncing people in gay relationships as "worse than animals" but said he stood by his opposition to same-sex marriage.

Fellow Filipino celebrities were among those criticizing his remarks, made when a TV network asked candidates about their views on same-sex marriage.

"It's just common sense," Pacquiao said in the remarks posted online by the TV5 network. "Have you seen any animal having male-to-male or female-to-female relations?"

Animals, he said, were better because they recognize gender differences, and "if you have male-to-male or female-to-female (relationships), then people are worse than animals."

Among those who reacted strongly was popular gay comedian and TV host Jose Marie Viceral, known as Vice Ganda. Vice Ganda tweeted that lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are humans, not animals. He said that they're not saints, but that they'll pray for the boxer, who is widely acclaimed for bringing his country honors.


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Vice Ganda posted a picture of Pope Francis, suggesting that even the beloved leader of the Roman Catholic church does not condemn gays. He quoted the pope: "If a person is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"

Danton Remoto, chairman of the LGBT group Ladlad, said Pacquiao's comments betray a shallow understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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"He is running for a national position and he should be a senator of everybody, not just over-the-hill boxers and straight people," Remoto said by phone, adding Pacquiao and his advisers "should bone up on LGBT issues" of the 21st century.

"Otherwise, they would be left behind in the Dark Ages, when the cavemen ruled and the numbskulls roamed the earth," Remoto said.


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Singer Aiza Seguerra, a former child actress in the 1980s who is now living with another actress, blasted Pacquiao on Instagram: "You might've done our country proud but with your statement, you just showed the whole country why we shouldn't vote for you."

"And yes, I think you are an ignorant, bigoted hypocrite," Seguerra said.

Pacquiao, 37 and a current member of the House of Representatives, apologized in social media. "I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals," he said in a Facebook video. "Please forgive me for those I've hurt."

In an Instagram post, he said he was not condemning anyone, but was just expounding on a biblical truth and would rather obey God than obey "the desires of the flesh."

Although he has come under fire for his chronic absences in Congress, Pacquiao is campaigning for a Senate seat and voter-preference surveys show him among the strong contenders. Many believe he'll eventually take a crack at the presidency.

The poverty that hounded his childhood forced him to drop out of school and take on odd jobs before he embraced boxing, where he carved a legend and became one of the highest-paid sluggers by emerging as an eight-division champion. As his fortunes brightened, he returned to school and later took a special course to prepare for his role as a congressman.

He has recently declared plans to retire after his third bout with Timothy Bradley on April 9 in Las Vegas with a guaranteed $20 million payday.


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Bob Arum calls Manny Pacquiao’s comments on gays ‘reprehensible’ February 17, 2016


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Bob Arum, who helped turn Manny Pacquiao into an international icon, weighed in on the controversy engulfing his top client on Wednesday.

The promoter called Pacquiao’s anti-gay comments “reprehensible” and hopes the public doesn’t equate his views with those involved with the promotion for his upcoming fight with Tim Bradley on HBO Pay-Per-View.

Pacquiao, who is running for a seat in the Senate in his native Philippines, told a local TV station that those engaged in same-sex relationships are “worse than animals.”

“I think it’s reprehensible,” Arum told RingTV.com in a phone interview on Wednesday. “I’m in favor of same-sex marriage. I’m in favor of gay rights. A lot of my friends are gays, particularly in California and Hollywood, so it’s very offensive to them and that’s what I’m most concerned about.”

Arum sought to distance Pacquiao’s views from anyone involved in his fight on April 9 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. “The only way you do damage control is he apologized and we move away from the possibility that anybody would think we or Bradley or anyone connected to the fight believes in what he did say,” Arum said. “And if (Pacquiao) believes it, it’s unfortunate but that’s his belief. You can’t really affect somebody who is saying things that you don’t believe in but is part of their religious beliefs.”

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Arum didn’t want to speculate if Pacquiao’s comments will have any bearing on the PPV numbers for his bout with Bradley. The two are fighting for a third time in a matchup that hasn’t exactly caught fire with fans. Nike, a sponsor, has already cut ties with Pacquiao over the controversy.

“I have no idea,” Arum said of the PPV numbers. “I mean we live in a country — look at the number of people who support Donald Trump and the (expletive) that he says. Who knows anymore? How can you make a prediction (on the PPVs)?”

Arum said he spoke with Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz about the controversy. “He said that Manny was contrite and he apologized,” Arum said. “And he did make an apology and that’s it. What else can you do?”

Arum said he wasn’t particularly shocked by the comments since Pacquiao has expressed resistance to same-sex marriage before. Pacquiao voiced his opposition to President Barack Obama’s support for gay marriage in an interview with the National Conservative Examiner in 2012. “If this was the first time, I would say, ‘Well, you know … it can happen. Somebody says something that’s unfortunate. But we went through this a few years ago.”

Arum mused that mixing politics and sports is often a risky blend. “I’m putting a fight on,” Arum said. “I’m not promoting a politician.”


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