Celebrities and LGBT groups are up in arms over the statement of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao using animal analogy to express his opposition to same-sex relationships.
In a television interview, Pacquiao, who is running for senator in the May elections, said "common sense" would tell you that animals don't engage in sex with the same gender.
"Common sense lang," he said. "Makakita ka ba ng any animals na lalake sa lalake o babae sa babae?"
"Mas mabuti pa 'yung hayop, marunong kumikilala kung [lalake o babae], 'di ba? Ngayon, kung lalake sa lalake o babae sa babae—mas masahol pa sa hayop ang tao," he added.
Aiza Seguerra and wife Liza were among those who first reacted to this via social media, with Liza trying to maintain a sense of humor.
Aiza, on the other hand, was a little more straight to the point.
Aiza later amended her statement with a "live and let live" post, coupled with a meme about religious beliefs.
Being right is a relative thing. What may be right for you may not be right for me. It would be better if people don't shove their beliefs sa mukha ng ibang tao. Kaya nagkakanito ang mundo. Mas importante na sa mas maraming tao na dapat sila lang ang tama. Sila lang ang maliligtas. Sila lang ang malinis. Nevermind kung nakaka offend at natatapakan na nila ang karapatang pantao ng iba. In my opinion, being kind is more important than being right. Live and let live. #respect #lovewillalwayswin
Celebrity blogger and Miss Universe 2015 judge Perez Hilton sounded off on the video, calling Pacquiao's views messed up.
Host-actors John Lapus and Vice Ganda also made their feelings known, with Vice Ganda even taking jabs at Pacquiao's poor attendance in Congress.
The LGBT is a group of people. We are humans. But not animals. Though we're no saints we will pray for Manny Pacquiao.— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) February 16, 2016
Ang pagpatol sa parehong kasarian ay masahol pa sa hayup? E ang pakikiapid habang ika'y may asawa anung kababuyan ito? Pakisagot Manny!— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) February 16, 2016
Manny maganda yung pagattend mo sa mga prayer meeting mo. Pero di masama kung umattend ka din sana noon sa kongreso.— jose marie viceral (@vicegandako) February 16, 2016
I beg you my dear fellow filipinos and ofcourse my fellow LGBT family. Pls dont vote Manny… https://t.co/fCFO7032or— John Lapus (@KorekKaJohn) February 15, 2016
Pro-LGBT party-list LADLAD likewise condemned the statement and encouraged people not to vote for candidates with "shallow understanding of issues" that the LGBT communiy is facing.
Another group, Metro Manila Pride, chided Pacquiao for the comment.
"We're so mad, loves," it wrote on Facebook as it urged the public to vote only those who "truly advocate for the human rights of all."
Some Facebook users pointed out that Pacquiao's comment was not even factual.
"First off, I can't stand homophobia," said Jewel U. Angeles. "Second, I can't stand when people use analogies that don't even work because YES, THERE ARE HOMOSEXUAL ANIMALS. Jeeeeezus."
Jesus Paras took the time to enumerate species were homosexual behavior is observed: "Mr. Manny Pacquaio, examples ng hayop which are homosexual: dolphin, lion, dragonfly, albatross, seagulls... tsk, aral muna bago kampanya."
Meanwhile, in a Facebook post, Pacquiao clarified that he is not condemning anyone but just telling what is in the Bible.
"I rather obey the Lord's command than obeying the desires of the flesh. Im not condemning anyone, but I'm just telling the truth of what the Bible says. The truth from the Bible is what changed me from my old ways,” he said, quoting a Bible passage. —Aya Tantiangco and Amita O. Legaspi/KBK, GMA News