Manny Pacquiao, the Philippine eight-time world boxing champion, has apologised for the comments he made on homosexuals, which has sparked controversy.
In a recent interview, Pacquuiao described homosexuals as “worse than animals”. The 37-year-old former boxing champion who has declared he is reinventing himself as a conservative Bible-bearing politician has had to come back to apologize following a backlash.
In a video posted on instagram, Pacquiao said:
“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I’ve hurt. I still stand on my belief that I’m against same sex marriage because of what the Bible says, but I’m not condemning LGBT. I love you all with the love of the Lord. God Bless you all and I’m praying for you.”
The original comments made by Mr Pacquiao during the TV interview, drew much criticisms from gay Filipino celebrities and a rights group and sparked heated discussion. The “Pacman” initially supported his comments, writing on Instagram that he was “just telling the truth of what the Bible says”.
The country’s most popular gay comedian, Vice Ganda, later criticized the former champion: “Some people think they can judge people like God just because they’ve attended a prayer meeting and read the Bible.”
Gay marriage is still not supported in the Philippines due to strong opposition from the Catholic Church, which a vast majority of the country’s population are subscribed to.