Manny Pacquiao on LGBTQ community: ‘Who am I to judge a person?’

Published September 20, 2021, 12:52 AM

by Robert Requintina

Sen. Manny Pacquiao and wife Jinkee

Once again, boxing champ and Senator Manny Pacquiao has denied that he condemns the members of the LGBTQ community.

“May mga pamangkin ako na members ng LGBTQ, mga workers, mga kasama sa bahay. Lahat tayo kawangis ng Panginoon. Hindi ko sila kino-condemn. Maganda nga katrabaho sila. Masisipag at masaya,” said Pacquiao, during an interview for “Toni Talks” by television host-actress Toni Gonzaga-Soriano on Sept. 19.

In 2016, Pacquiao provoked a storm of controversy after saying people in same-sex relationships “are worse than animals”.

“Who am I to judge a person? Mahaba kasi ‘yung statement na ‘yun, naiba na ang meaning noong na-edit,” Pacquiao said.

On his wife Jinkee being associated with material things, Pacquiao said: “Ine-enjoy lang ng asawa ko yung perang pinaghirapan namin….ano’ng masama roon?”

Pacquiao also said that he and his wife are not affected by criticisms of material things because of their strong faith in the words of God.

The senator also said that he’s done with boxing, as he wants to focus on helping the Philippine sports industry this time.

Pacquiao also said that he wanted all crooks and thieves in the government jailed in order to boost the country’s economy.

“Bubuwagin ko ang corruption hanggang nandito ako sa pulitika,” said the boxing champ. “Mapakulong ko lang lahat sila okay na ako sa politics.” (I will dismantle corruption until I am in politics. If I can put all of them in jail, I’m okay with politics)

Pacquiao, 42, also said that he dreams of boosting the economy, providing a livelihood for the poor and jobs for the unemployed.

“Kung hindi ako ang tutulong sa mahihirap, sino pa?” he asked.

The boxing champ said the country is suffering because of corruption.

Pacquiao added that the country will be poorer 10 to 20 years from now if the issue of corruption will not be solved.

These can be achieved as long as you believe in God, are dedicated, and have no vested interest, he said.

 
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