Binay defends Pacquiao as LGBT celebs campaign against his Senate bid

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Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Gringo Honasan (left and middle, respectively) in Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao's birthday celebration.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) presidential bet, Vice President Jejomar Binay, came to his senatorial bet Manny Pacquiao’s defense after the Sarangani representative earned the ire of the members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.

The boxing champ earlier said in an interview that he is against same sex marriage.

Pacquiao said it is “common sense” for animals to mate with the opposite sex. He continued saying that human beings who engage in same-sex unions are worse than animals.

Binay reminded the public that Pacquiao is very God-fearing. Pacquiao is running for the Senate under UNA’s slate.

“We’ll have to go back to who is Manny Pacquiao now. Maka-Diyos na maka-Diyos si Manny Pacquiao,” said Binay.

The vice president also maintained he is one with the Catholic Church on its stand on same sex marriage. But he refused to elaborate further.

“On my part. I will abide and follow the position of the Catholic Church on that matter.”

The Catholic Church has repeatedly argued that unions should only be between a man and a woman.

In the Philippines, which is predominantly a Catholic country, same sex marriage is not yet legal.

Also read: Pacquiao on same-sex union comment: 'I'm not condemning anyone'

LGBT celebs campaign against Pacquiao

Pacquiao’s statement quickly spread like fire—so as the rage of netizens and the LGBT community.

More than hating the boxing champ and his statements, members of the LGBT community counterpunched by campaigning against his Senate bid.

In his Twitter account, comedian Jose Marie Viceral known as “Vice Ganda,” said he would only subject himself to judgement by God.  He also criticized the congressman’s attendance in the lower house.

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Pacquiao eventually asked for forgiveness to those who were offended by his remarks, but claimed that he is still against same sex marriage.

Vice Ganda continued, he accepts Pacquiao’s apology, but would not vote for him.

I'm sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals. Please forgive me for those I've hurt. I still stand...

Posted by Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
 

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Couple Aiza Seguerra and her partner Liza Dino also said their piece on the issue.

Seguerra said she has lost her respect for Pacquiao, and that his statements lost her vote.

Dino, on the otherhand, said that punches might have hit Pacquiao’s head so hard.

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While others still seem not ready to forgive the people’s champ on his remarks against the LGBT community particularly on the issue on same sex union.

In his Twitter account, stage actor and comedian John Lapus also urged Filipinos and members of the LGBT not to vote for Pacquiao on the upcoming polls.

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CNN Philippines correspondent Joyce Ilas contributed to this report.