Manila - Boxing star Manny Pacquiao has
created a firestorm in his home country after saying people in same-sex
relationships "are worse than animals."
Pacquiao, who is running for a Philippine
Senate seat, made the remark in a video on local TV5's election site.
"It's common sense. Do you see animals
mating with the same sex? Animals are better because they can distinguish male
from female," he said.
"If men mate with men and women mate
with women they are worse than animals."
Among those expressing opposition to the
comments was gay comedian and television host Jose Marie Viceral, known as Vice
He tweeted that lesbian, gays, bisexuals
and transgenders are humans, not animals. He said they're not saints, but that
they'll pray for Pacquiao.
Danton Remoto of the LGBT group Ladlad said
Pacquiao's comments showed he had a shallow understanding of issues important
to the LGBT community.