Abunda to Pacquiao: Who are you to judge me as someone worse than an animal?

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Gay rights advocate- TV personality Boy Abunda on Tuesday, feb. 16, night gave a mouthful on the controversial anti-same-sex marriage statements of boxing champion now senatorial bet Manny Pacquiao.

“Gay rights are human rights. Hanggang kamatayan, ipaglalaban ko ang aking karapatan,” Abunda said on television directly referring to Pacquiao as he spoke before the camera. (I’ll fight for my rights until I die.)

“Common sense, sino ka para husgahan ako na mas masahol pa sa hayop. Common sense, iboboto ko ba ang kandidatong tinawag akong mas masahol pa sa hayop,” Abunda said on “Abunda Tonite,” his late-night talk show on ABS-CBN. (Who are you to judge me as someone worse than an animal. Common sense, am I going to vote a candidate who called me worse than an animal.)

Abunda expounded on the statements of US President Barack Obama and Pope Francis favoring lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders’ (LGBT) rights.

Abunda quoted Pope Francis’ statement on gay priests: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

He also went on paraphrasing Obama’s famous comments on the US Supreme Court’s decision in June last year favoring LGBT rights and same-sex marriage: “This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land…We are a people who believe that every single child is entitled to life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Gusto ko malaman mo, hindi sila tumigil sa paglaban sa karapatan ng mga tulad ko.” (I want you to know, they didn’t stop in fighting for the rights of people like me.)

It’s not the first time that Pacquaio became vocal of his anti-same-sex marriage stand. In 2012, he reportedly issued a statement in a conservative US newspaper comparing gay marriage to “Sodom and Gomorrah”. Pacquiao was said to have quoted a biblical passage that said “gays should be put to death.”

But Pacquiao found an ally, Vice President Jejomar Binay, who defended him on Tuesday night.

Binay said people should understand Pacquiao because of his background as a born-again pastor.

On his part, Binay said he is also against same-sex marriage.

Pacquiao is running for senator under Binay’s United Nationalist Alliance party. Inquirer.net