World champion boxer Manny Pacquiao has come under fire after saying that homosexuals are “worse than animals.”
Pacquiao, 37, who is running for a seat in the Philippines senate, made the shocking statement in an interview with local broadcaster TV5.
“It’s common sense,” he said. “Do you see animals mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male from female. If men mate with men and women mate with women they are worse than animals.”
The former boxer later issued an apology for his remarks on Instagram.
“I’m sorry for hurting people by comparing homosexuals to animals,” Pacquiao wrote. “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.”
Gay Philippines-based comedian Vice Ganda responded to Pacquiao’s controversial remarks by started the hashtag #PrayForMannyPacquiao on Twitter. He also tweeted, “The LGBT is a group of people. We are humans. But not animals. Though we’re no saints we will pray for Manny Pacquiao.”