Pacquiao apologizes for LGBT remarks

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By Ivan Saldajeno

MANILA--Former eight-division world boxing champion and Mahindra coach Manny Pacquiao issued a public apology on Tuesday night for his take on same-sex marriage.

In a video posted in his social media accounts, Pacquiao, who is currently the congressman of Sarangani and is running for senator in the upcoming elections, said, "Nais ko pong humingi ng paumanhin sa lahat ng mga nasaktan dahil sa aking pagkumpara ng tao sa hayop. Yan po ay kamalian ko."

However, he, now a devout Christian, remained firm in his stand of opposing same-sex marriage as what he told TV5 in an interview that drew flak from known people from the LGBT community locally and even internationally.

"Hindi po nagbabago ang aking desisyon na against po ako sa same-sex marriage, at yan po ang paniniwala ko," Pacquiao's video statement continued.

The statement in entirety can be seen below:

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.
Posted by Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday, February 16, 2016
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