On September 21, actor-comedian-director John ‘Sweet’ Lapus reminds LGBTQIA+ Community of Manny Pacquiao’s ‘Masahol Pa sa Hayop’ statement from 2016; in response to the Senator’s announcement of his Presidential bid.
On his twitter account, Lapus wrote to the LGBTQIA+ community of the Philippines not to forget Pacquaio’s words.
Mga bakla! Wag kalimutan, sinabihan tayo nyan ng "Masahol pa sa Hayop". 💪🙌🌈
— John Lapus (@KorekKaJohn) September 19, 2021
As a response, netizens reacted to his post.
Most of them expressed their disapproval toward the Senator’s run for the Presidency.
do NOT, i repeat, DO NOT VOTE FOR MANNY PACQUIAO PLS
And register to vote if you haven't yet!! https://t.co/OpZ6veYnmi
— ᴘᴀᴍ(밤)⁷🌱 #LabanLeni2022 (@pamshenanigans) September 20, 2021
Yep. That's how that boxer thinks of the LGBTQ. https://t.co/60SqLG12uB
— Call Me By My Real Name (@yesitisprecious) September 20, 2021
Dahil tatakbo sa pagkapangulo biglang kambiyo sa mga LGBTQ+ si Manny Pacquiao. Iba na ang tono niya ngayon. Anong sabi masahol pa sa hayop ang mga taga LGBTQ…pakiulit nga.. https://t.co/4moyVYQR8b
— Inday Sarah Duterte for President (@JuanCar99375032) September 21, 2021
MANNY PACQUIAO DID THAT. NEVER FORGET https://t.co/qwvojQuJSQ
— Terence Jay Piodos (@speechTerePi) September 20, 2021
— thorn (@heisthorn) September 20, 2021
Others have urged fellow voters to vote wisely in the 2022 elections.
please vote wisely. https://t.co/HJaGyDMxAD
— Kapit GA (@AbegailEnderes) September 20, 2021
I would rather to boycott the election rather than voting this homophobic senator to be a president https://t.co/Uoue4jRkco
— フェイ🦇 (@Dain_Rill) September 20, 2021
never vote for someone who is AGAINST the lgbtq+ community. IN SHORT DO NOT VOTE FOR MANNY PACQUIAO https://t.co/Y9xIW1rePA
— liz (@enhcit) September 20, 2021
Senator Manny Pacquiao recently announced retirement from boxing and his plans of running for President in the 2022 national elections after being defeated by his match with Yodenis Ugas in August this year.
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In 2016, the eight-division world champion received backlash from the LGBTQIA+ community with his remark about same-sex marriage during his term as a Congressman for Saranggani, saying that they are “masahol pa sa hayop” (worse than animals).
It even infuriated some of the prominent and iconic members of the LGBTQIA+ Community, such as Boy Abunda.
Since official nang tatakbo si Pacquiao bilang presidente sa 2022, here's a reminder from Boy Abunda to all the members of LGBTQ+. pic.twitter.com/jLGZ3yCr3m
— Lanze Malicse (@pelikulanze) September 19, 2021
However, with his bid for the Presidency, Pacquaio suddenly changed his stance about the LGTBQIA+ Community, noting that he had relatives and people he knew who were part of the said community.