Boxer and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao sparked outrage when he said in a TV interview earlier this week that people in same-sex relationships were worse than animals.
Reactions poured in. While many supported and defended Pacquiao's stance, many also condemned it. Some—including fellow congressman Win Gatchalian—debunked the boxer's claim that homosexual behavior does not exist in the natural world, while others simply expressed their disappointment in his views. One Filipino-American activist in the US started a petition for Nike to drop Pacquiao.
Several notable figures from the arts and culture, social activism and science sectors are also speaking out against Pacquiao's words.
Environmental lawyer Ipat Luna pointed out that Pacquiao's "archaic views" are accompanied by his dismal attendance record as a congressman, while UP Film Institute founding director Joel David bemoaned the shortcomings of the Philippine educational system. Theater artistic director —and trained zoologist—Nanding Josef said Pacquiao has "failed to evolve." And Cultural Center of the Philippines vice president Chris Millado only has two choice words to describe the man known as "Pambansang Kamao."
— with reports from Ibarra C. Mateo, Trisha Macas and Aya Tantiangco/BM, GMA News