Manny Pacquiao — Gays are Lower than Animals

Many of you probably know by now that Manny Pacquiao, the Philippines’ most famous boxer, has apparently gone on the warpath stating that gay people are worse than animals.

“Common sense lang. Makakakita ka ba ng any animals na lalaki sa lalaki, babae sa babae? Mas mabuti pa yung hayop. Marunong kumilala kung lalaki, lalaki, o babae, babae,” Pacquiao said.

Naturally, this move would draw a large amount of anger from the GLBTA community.  With news of Manny’s anti-gay stance coming out, famous names in the outspoken GLBTA community have decried Manny, imploring us not to vote for him.


Aiza Seguerra, the famous child star who has made a name for herself as she has grown up and who is openly lesbian, has condemned him on Instagram:

“I am so fuckin’ mad I don’t know what to say. You might’ve done our country proud but with your statement, you just showed the whole country why we shouldn’t vote for you. And yes, I think you are an ignorant, bigoted hypocrite. You made me lose all respect that I had for you, Mr Pacquiao. Ang kailangan ng bansang ito ay mga taong nag-iisip. Utang ng loob, kilalanin ninyo ang iboboto ninyo.”

John Lapus, FIlipino comedian and actor, also had some choice words to say.

“I beg you my dear fellow filipinos and ofcourse fellow LGBT family. Pls dont vote Manny Pacquiao. Hayop ang tingin nya sa atin. Ty.” (sic)   


What I find hilarious, and yet at the same time, utterly disturbing with this sentiment is that these GLBTA people are only up in arms over Pacquiao over this last statement.  And they are urging us to change our political views, based on this statement alone.

Never mind that Manny pretty much said the same thing four years ago opposing US President Barack Obama’s stance on same-sex marriage. Such short memories you people have.  Back in 2012, Manny drew huge controversy in responding to Barack Obama’s support of gay marriage. Here, Manny said of marriage: “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 bigger issue is that the man is a gambler, a womanizer and an adulterer, cheated his way to a college diploma and a doctorate, and likely doesn’t know the first thing about political science, economics or sociology, and I’m sure he knows little of the law considering he just muscled the CHED to get his doctorate in Humanities. He doesn’t even really go to Congress, having the highest absentee rate among all Congressmenonly having attended Congress for four days in all of 2014.  And in the few times he actually was in Congress, he fights against important measures such as the right to use contraceptives and artificial family planning.

I’ll give Manny credit that at least he knows more about the RH Bill than Alma Moreno.

But the real question is, do we really want someone like Manny, who has no expertise or achievements in economics, sociology, politics or human welfare, who has a proven track record of not doing his job as a lawmaker, and in addition exhibits a lot of character traits that you might think twice about to have in an office that represents you and your country, to become a senator?  These issues are far bigger and far more pressing than his bigotry over the gay community.

Then again, considering that our country will happily elect someone like Joseph Estrada to the presidency, and despite him being a convicted criminal, still would have voted him into office a second time, I can’t say I’m surprised.

When will Filipinos learn to separate politics from everything else? Manny is a boxer. He’s an outstanding boxer. One of the best the world has ever seen. But he’s not a politician, and he shouldn’t be one just because of his illustrious career as a boxer.


Really, GLBTA Community?

But seriously? The GLBTA community is up in arms over this — and perhaps rightfully so. Manny Pacquiao, in his statement, effectively denied them of their way of life, of their very existence altogether.  And that is a very touchy subject for anybody.

And yet, all that this uproar over the Pac Man’s words shows is how little thought we put into our lives and into the business of running our country.

With the glaring oversights of all the issues I alluded to above, I wouldn’t be surprised if not more of the people in this country are like Alma Moreno, blissfully ignorant of everything and just sitting pretty with her make up on a chair, smiling at the world and hoping it smiles back.

Perhaps it’s good that we have a figure like Manny Pacquiao who can launch us into action, because it’s becoming quite obvious that what matters isn’t how we can move forward as a country, but rather that we’re so concerned about nothing else other than the preservation of our personal way of life that nothing else grabs our attention.

Apparently, none of these other issues matter to us, to the point that we were perfectly fine with electing a man such as this to the Senate up until he exposed a character flaw that affected us personally. That is so typically Filipino, and so typically sad. That’s what people should be thinking about when they see this headline.

When elections come up, perhaps we will be seeing a lot less votes for the Pac Man as a result of this. But it is my fervent hope that we learn to reject him for the right reasons, and not just the personal ones.



Topics I’m Scared to Write about on My Blog and Social Media (And How We Can #ShareDifferent)

Why do you blog or spend time on Facebook? For most bloggers, they blog about things they are passionate about. The same thing can be said to people who spend time on Facebook or Twitter. They want to share things that they love with their friends.

But did you know that there are plenty of things that people don’t share on social media?

Mostly because they are afraid that they might be judged, ridiculed, or worse get fired. According to a study done by Pew Research, most of your friends on Facebook won’t share their opinion about a certain topic if they think it’s unpopular. This is a situation called spiral of silence.  People are afraid to speak up for fear of isolation.

It’s especially more difficult for bloggers. We have to be more careful of what we say.

Some of the things I don’t talk about on my blog or social media are:

  • Feminism – I’ll be downright honest and say that I dislike feminists with a passion. I don’t hate women, and I’m pretty sure I don’t oppress them, but with the typical feminist every single thing you do is a wrong and is a way to objectify, oppress, hurt, or enslave a woman. I just can’t agree with it, but it’s hard to talk about feminism when neuro-linguistically any woman would automatically get behind the word “feminism” (but not necessarily the concept or philosophy behind it), and speaking against it could earn you the ire of half of your friends list.
  • Religion – they say that the one thing you can’t talk about at a party or at work is politics and religion. Religion is so close to the heart of so many people, yet so utterly diverse in application that you’re bound to step on toes. Now that it’s fashionable in America to decry Islam, it’s become even harder to talk about it.
  • The Muslim Refugee Crisis in Europe and in Asia – this is one of my pet peeves in current events. But with no solution in sight, thousands of lives in the balance,  the War on Isis and the potential destruction of the European Union and potentially the collapse of our world economy, the stakes are far too high to be covered by the likes of myself.
  • Homosexuality – I’m not gay, but a lot of my friends are. I often feel like writing about homosexuality might degrade or place labels on them, or worse cause them to look down on me as a bigot.
  • Racism – this is a very touchy subject. We like people to think that we’re perfect, good human beings, so we avoid topics where having an opinion one way or another could paint a darker side of you from another person’s point of view. But people aren’t perfect, and even if you aren’t outright racist, it’s impossible not to have some concepts of aesthetics and proper behavior being shaped by the culture you are in.

Strangely enough, even though I find it difficult to share about these things on my social media accounts, I read up on them all the time and end up discussing these things on forums and in the comments sections of different articles tackling them, using my personal DISQUS account. For some reason it’s okay in my mind to talk about them on someone else’s blog, with my real name, but it’s not okay to talk about it on my own blog, or my own social media account. It might just be a mental block of some sort, but I’d like to think that it’s okay to have your own stand on these issues and still be a respectable human being.

The team behind the social app, Veems, has felt that many people share on social media but only topics that they think are safe or fit the status quo. While this is good, there are topics or questions in life that we must explore with other human beings. The Internet and social media are supposed to be places where we can explore our ideas freely in the first place.

Here’s a video that perfectly captures the thoughts of people who would like to talk about some serious topics on social media:


If you’re an extrovert who have very strong opinions or an introvert who just love to ponder on the important questions in life, here’s why Veems is a good social app for you:

  1. Share a public status privately. Just like on Facebook and Twitter, you can share what’s on your mind to your followers. But instead of just posting it on your timeline, the status is sent as a private message. It becomes more personal and you don’t have to comment, “will PM you” if you want to take the conversation privately.
  2. Because when someone replies to your message, only you will see it. This puts you in control of the conversation that you started.
  3. Join public chat on Veems like the Anonymous. Iddo Goren, Veems CEO, started the Anonymous public chat to help people share their ideas and emotions more freely. There are topics and certain experiences that we go through daily that we just can’t share on Facebook. The Anonymous public chat is a sure hit–with almost 5 million messages sent in a given day. Users have talked about different topics from the struggles in school to sex, parenting, religion, and relationships.

Reason Number 3


Have you ever been scared on sharing your opinion on your social media?

Find out how you can share different on Veems by visiting their website and download Veems on Google Play, so you can hugot your heart out.

Reason Number 1