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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Gay rights group Ladlad to still support Pacquiao


 MANILA, Philippines -- The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) group Ladlad is still supporting Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao in his upcoming fight next month despite the boxer's opposition to same-sex marriage.

Host Boy Abunda, a member of the gay rights organization, agreed with Pacquiao's appeal for people to just respect each other's opinions.

"Same-sex marriage, ang aming stand diyan sa LGBT, ang sinasabi namin sa Ladlad ay mahabang usapin yan. Ang sa amin ay tama si Manny, mag-respetuhan. I mean, we need to respect each other's opinion. We wish him the best lalo na ngayon at siya ay may laban," Abunda said on "Bandila" on Wednesday night.

He added: "We have nothing for him but love. Igalang natin 'yan in the same way na kami ay nakikiusap din na sana ay igalang ang aming opinyon."

Paquiao, who is currently training in the United States, will be facing American boxer Timothy Bradley on June 9.

Pacquiao clarified his statement to ABS-CBN News, saying he is not against homosexuals, even admitting that he also has gay relatives.

What he opposes are acts which, he said, violate the Holy Scripture.

“Hindi ako tutol sa gays… may kamag-anak akong bakla. Wala tayong magagawa kung pinanganak silang bakla. Ang ayaw ko lang [ang] paglabag mo sa utos ng Panginoon,” said Pacquiao.

Pacquiao also denied reports saying that he quoted a verse from the Book of Leviticus, which talked of putting homosexuals to death.

Pacquiao faces new foes: Gays, lesbians


 Who knew that Manny Pacquiao’s toughest opponent wasn’t Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Timothy Bradley, but the entire lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender (LGBT) community?
As far as gay-rights advocates are concerned, it’s a knockout.

The consensus on the Net is that the Filipino boxing champion has fallen from grace because of his rant against gay marriage. It has also ignited an online petition for Nike to drop Pacquiao as endorser. An Internet report claimed Pacquiao is now barred from The Grove, a shopping mall in Los Angeles, where the TV show “Extra” is taped, because of his “bigotry.”
In a recent interview in the US newspaper National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao likened gay marriage to “Sodom and Gomorrah” and quoted a biblical passage that said “gays should be put to death.”

Pacquiao denied saying that in a statement read on the network news in Manila last night. He also said he did not know the text in Leviticus that prescribes death for homosexuality.

But earlier in the day, his website quoted him as standing by what he said.
Gay activists have weighed in and found Pacquiao wanting.

Anna Leah Sarabia, anthropologist and gender and development specialist, told the Inquirer: “He has lost many fans, unfortunately, and gained many critics. He is trying to make up for lack of knowledge on social issues by being self-righteous and quoting the Bible out of context, and parroting the brainless statements of homophobic and misogynist priests and politicians.”

Danton Remoto, chair of the Ladlad LGBT political party, also told the Inquirer: “Like Miriam Quiambao, Pacquiao speaks with the zeal of the newly converted about things he knows nothing about. His reading of Christian teachings is narrow-minded, bigoted and, I am sorry to say, ignorant.”

(Quiambao, a former beauty queen, also got in trouble after posting on Twitter that homosexuality is a “lie from the devil.” She later apologized.)

After expressing his sentiments against same-sex marriage in the Examiner, Pacquiao has been deluged with criticisms in the American media and on social networking sites frequented by his countrymen.

Not a few Filipino fans have pointed out: From national hero, he has become a national heel.

It’s an “embarrassment,” said a netizen on Facebook. “Not our proudest moment,” said another.

Another netizen wrote: “I think philandering husbands who flaunt their mistresses and then spout words from the Bible are the ones who deserve to be put to death.”

Another was more straightforward: “Manny needs to worry about his own marriage first before he meddles into everyone else’s.”

It’s rumored that Pacquiao’s marriage to Jinkee Pacquiao is constantly tested by persistent rumors of his womanizing.

Online petition
The Courage Campaign website described Pacquiao as “homophobic” and launched an online petition for Nike to drop him as endorser.

The online campaign read: “Kids all over the world look up to Pacquiao as a role model. Nike earned a 100-percent rating in the 2012 Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index as a pro-LGBT company. Will they live up to it? Sign our petition and tell Nike: ‘Do not tarnish your brand. Stand with millions of LGBT and fair-minded people the world over. Drop Pacquiao now. Hatred surely does not equal Nike.’”

According to LA Weekly, Rick Jacobs, founder and chair of Courage Campaign, said: “American sponsors are going to have to look very carefully … whether they [will] continue to pour money into his apparently empty soul.”

Sarabia, who’s also the editor of the anthology “Tibok: Heartbeat of the Filipino Lesbian,” remarked: “There is a call from LGBT ranks to Nike and other companies to cancel his endorsement contracts because of what he said. There is basis for the call and it would be good to see how these companies will respond.”

Apart from Nike, Pacquiao has scored lucrative deals with international companies like Hewlett-Packard and Hennessy, too.

Banned at Grove

According to online reports, “Extra” host Mario Lopez announced on Twitter that Pacquiao was set to guest today (May 17) on his show, which is taped at The Grove.

The mall eventually issued this statement, published by LA Weekly on its website: “Based on news reports of statements made by Mr. Pacquiao, we have made it be known that he is not welcome at The Grove and will not be interviewed here now or in the future. The Grove is a gathering place for all Angelenos and not a place for intolerance.”

Pacquiao is in Los Angeles, training for his fight with Bradley to be held on June 9 in Las Vegas.

Village Voice parody

Village Voice ran a parody about 10 gays, both real and fictional, who can “beat up … pipsqueak Pacman.” The list includes American basketball bad boy Dennis Rodman and openly gay celebrities like British rugby player Ian Roberts, American football star Esera Tuaolo, singer Clay Aiken and comedian Rosie O’Donnell.

In the humor piece, Village Voice pointed out: “There’s no question that Pacquiao is a tough little guy. But he’s still a little guy (5-foot-6 and 144 pounds) and killing off gays one-by-one might be a slightly more difficult task than the feisty Filipino might think.”

The website of Advocate, a respected gay publication, carried the story with the headline: “Pacquiao compares marriage equality to Sodom and Gomorrah,” referring to the Old Testament cities that God destroyed because of their people’s immorality.

The Examiner interview mainly focused on Pacquiao’s reactions to US President Barack Obama’s recent support of gay marriage. Pacquiao told the Examiner: “America should be the model of morality for other countries to emulate and must have the responsibility to uphold the Scripture to the highest order of God’s command.”

Leviticus 20:13

Advocate reported that Pacquiao quoted the Bible, specifically Leviticus 20:13.
(Leviticus 20:13 reads: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their heads.”)

In another Village Voice story, Pacquiao was put to task for quoting Leviticus 20:13. “Pacquiao apparently missed church the day they explained the Golden Rule.”

Village Voice also noted that the “boxer and congressman … is a devout Roman Catholic who recently talked about giving up boxing to focus on his religion. Considering how badly he seems to interpret the ‘good book,’ maybe that’s not such a bad idea.”

Local celebs’ ire

Pacman, as the boxer is known in the biz, earned the ire of local celebrities as well.
Filmmaker Jose Javier Reyes told the Inquirer: “Instead of a reply, I have two questions: Does the Bible endorse the infliction of violence against your fellow man in the name of sportsmanship and to accrue millions so as to further gain a feeling of righteousness? What is the saying again about a little knowledge? Let me check Leviticus … OMG, it says it’s also a sin to have tattoos.”

Pacquiao is as famous for his tattoos as for his killer punch.

Screenwriter and actor Rody Vera told the Inquirer: “Pacquiao may be the world’s best boxer. The funny and fallacious thing is that he seems to believe this translates to being a great politician, great thinker and great person. He’s only a winner in the boxing ring. How awfully small and confining that space is. It aptly signifies his narrow-mindedness and blind fanaticism.”

Sarabia took note of Pacquiao’s statement: “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they are in love with each other.”

Sarabia asked rhetorically: “I wonder if Pacman (Pacquiao) understands what he said, if he was quoted correctly. His statement seems to be an endorsement for divorce.”

Below the belt

Comedian Jon Santos, who made news for marrying an American man, was clearly not amused.

Santos told the Inquirer: “Life is too short to be spent unhappy. What happens in the bedroom is too private to be subjected to other people’s judgment. God is too good to prevent people who love each other from staying together.”

But stand-up comic Willie Nepomuceno has a hilarious take on the controversy: “I haven’t paid much attention to him since he became the spokesperson of God. Tsk, tsk. Perhaps he has taken too many blows to the head? But, my goodness, now he’s hitting below the belt.”

Ang Ladlad reminds Pacquiao: Be careful on gay remarks

MANILA, Philippines—For his alleged snide remarks about homosexuality, gay rights group Ang Ladlad on Thursday reminded Sarangani Representative Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao of his responsibility as a lawmaker.

Although the group respects Pacquiao’s opposition against US President Barack Obama’s support for same sex marriage, he needs to exercise caution when making such statements, said Bemz Benedito, Ang Ladlad’s first congressional nominee.

In an interview with the National Conservative Examiner, Pacquiao was quoted as commenting on gay marriage, thrust to the top of the news agenda last week when President Barack Obama said homosexuals should be allowed to wed.

“God’s words first … obey God’s law first before considering the laws of man,” said Pacquiao, adding: “God only expects man and woman to be together and to be legally married, only if they are in love with each other.

“It should not be of the same sex so as to adulterate the altar of matrimony, like in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah of Old.”

The piece said “Pacquiao’s directive for Obama calls societies to fear God and not to promote sin,” and cited Leviticus 20:13, saying: “If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable.

“They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.”
But Pacquiao said he had only stated his opposition to gay marriage, and did not even know the biblical quotation.

“I’m not against gay people — I have a relative who is also gay,” he said in comments on his official website, adding that the Leviticus quote should not be linked to him.

“I didn’t say that, that’s a lie. I didn’t know that quote from Leviticus because I haven’t read the Book of Leviticus yet,” he said.

The author of the article had clarified that Pacquiao didn’t cite the Bible passage.
Pacquiao, formerly known for enjoying late-night parties and gambling, now ends almost every training day with a bible session in an auditorium in the hotel which serves as his training camp.

Benedito said the group will still support Pacquiao in his nearing match against American boxer Timothy Bradley and hopes that “someday, he will understand and accept us in his heart.”

Same-sex marriage is not in the platform of Ang Ladlad, said Benedito. 

Benedito is set to file his candidacy at the Commission on Elections on Friday. With Agence France-Presse

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


NABAHALA ngayon ang Ladlad Partylist sa isang pahayag diumano ni Sarangani representative at Filipino boxing champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao ukol sa mga lesbians, gays, bisexuals at transgenders (LGBT).

Sa isang panayam ni Pacquiao sa Amerika, inihayag ng boksingero ang kanyang pananaw sa hayagang pagpanig ni US President Barack Obama patungkol sa isyu ng same-sex marriage.
Sa naging reaksyon ng partidong Ladlad, pinaalalahanan si Pacquiao sa kanyang ginagampanang tungkulin sa lipunan bilang isang mambabatas. Dagdag pa ng grupo, nirerespeto nito ang malayang opinyon ng bawat mamamayan subalit dapat din umano itong laging alerto sa magiging damdamin ng ibang tao.

 Ayon pa kay Ms. Bemz D. Benedito, 1st congressional nominee ng Ladlad na ang tanging pangarap ng bawat bakla, lesbiyana, bisekswal at transgender sa Pilipinas ay mamuhay ng hindi hinuhusgahan dahil lamang sa kanilang sexual orientation at gender identity. Bagkus, dapat tingnan kung ito’y namumuhay bilang isang tao na buo ang dignidad at walang inaapakang kapwa-tao.

“Ang Biblia ay isang aklat tungkol sa pagsasaboy ng pagmamahal at pag-ibig sa sanlibutan at hindi libro na naglalaman ng pangungutya at pagkamuhi sa kapwa,” sabi ni Benedito.

Nanawagan ang Ladlad na dapat bigyan ng isang bukas isip at bukas pusong interpretasyon kung ano man ang nakasaad sa Biblia.

Idiniin ng grupo na wala sa kanilang plataporma ang same-sex marriage subalit pinag-uusapan ito at nirerespeto ng Ladlad ang sinumang gustong magpakasal dahil bahagi umano ito ng kanilang karapatang-pantao.
Subalit sa lahat ng mga naging pahayag ni Pacquiao ay positibo pa rin si Benedito. “We still wish him the best in his fight. Sa gitna ng kanyang oposisyon laban sa mga LGBTs, wala kaming ibang iniaalay kundi pagmamahal. Umaasa rin kami na balang araw ay maiintindihan at matatanggap niya kami sa kanyang puso” pagsasara ni Benedito.

Ang Ladlad Partylist ay maghahain ng kanilang kandidatura sa Biyernes, Mayo 18, 2012 sa Comelec sa lungsod ng Maynila.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Ladlad Party List – the national political party of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender  (LGBT)Filipinos – is asking Ms Miriam Quiambao to make an unconditional apology for her remarks that have defamed, demeaned, and demonized the LGBT community.

Showing the zeal of the newly converted, Ms. Quiambao categorically condemned LGBT Filipinos when she said that we are a “a lie from the devil.” In the 21st century, no self-respecting Christian pastor, priest, bishop and higher ecclesiastical authorities would dare mouth words like these. But not this late-in-the-day Born-Again Christian, who has no compunction in judging those who are different from her.

At the heart of LGBT Filipinos is our sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) which may be different from the heterosexual, but should thus not  be cause for judging us. But Ms. Quiambao, with her antediluvian rhetoric, not only betrays a shallow knowledge of the bible and Christian teachings. She also betrays condescension and bigotry for the LGBT Filipinos who, like her, have the same rights as the other citizens of the land.

Therefore, we demand from her an official, unconditional apology. Only through this can she, using her perverse sense of logic, “sin no more” and calm the troubled waters that have been generated by her unfair and unChristian statements.