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Manny Pacquiao: From ‘masahol pa sa hayop’ to ‘Who am I to judge a person?’

Manny Pacquiao: From ‘masahol pa sa hayop’ to ‘Who am I to judge a person?’

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Manny Pacquiao: From ‘masahol pa sa hayop’ to ‘Who am I to judge a person?’

The eight-division world champion and Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao announced his retirement from boxing following his presidential bid for the 2022 elections.

However, members of the LGBTQIA+ community still remember his remark from his 2016 interview about same-sex marriage wherein he said those infamous words, “Masahol pa sa hayop.”

Now that he’s running for the highest position in the Philippine Government, Pacquiao suddenly changed his tune, noting that he has relatives who are LGBTQIA+. He recently said in his statement, “Who am I to judge a person?”

Netizens reacted to his change of stance about the LGBTQIA+ community via social media.

Most of them urged the public not to forget Pacquiao’s remarks about LGBTQIA+ people.

Comedian John Lapus also trended on social media after he reminded the public about his 2016 remark.

Some also criticized the sudden change of his position following his announcement of candidacy.

Others also pointed out his other stances on social issues such as the death penalty.

It is a well-known political strategy to try and appeal to a demographic with a loud voice and huge numbers. One of these groups of people that politicians usually try and persuade come election season is the LGBTQIA+ community.

In 2015, President Rodrigo Duterte had a similar strategy during his campaign wherein he proclaimed his support for same-sex marriage. However, once the elections were over, his stance on the advocacy of marriage quality kept changing.

Does this mean that Pacquaio’s sudden change of social belief mirrors President Duterte’s political strategy in 2016? And if he wins, would he have the same unreliable stance on social issues?

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