Boxer Pacquiao denounces transgender lifestyle as 'fraud' in response to US Marine murderer

RT, 14 Feb, 2017

Multiple boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao has alleged cross-dressing by those identifying as transgender could “deceive” others and may be used to commit fraud.

The Filipino five-weight world champion made the comments in relation to the murder of 26-year-old Filipina [Filipino] transgender sex worker Jennifer Laude, who was strangled to death by US Marine James Scott Pemberton upon discovering her [his] gender.

Laude was found dead in the Celzone Lodge hotel with her [his] head in a toilet bowl after meeting Pemberton, 19, in a nightclub in Olongapo City.

Pemberton was later found guilty of murder and sentenced to 6 to 12 years in a Philippines prison.

Commenting on the incident, Pacquiao said that Pemberton had been “deceived” by Laude, who was a “guy who dressed up like a woman,” and suggested that transgender could be used to “commit fraud".

“Even in the Bible, we read that the woman should wear women’s; and the man, for men’s wear. That’s what I believe,” Pacquiao said, quoting the Bible in support of his argument.

It is not the first time Pacquiao has openly expressed his religious beliefs, as he regularly posts Bible scriptures to his social media accounts and prays in the ring before and after bouts. His wife, Jinkee, is former vice governor of Sarangani, in Mindanao, Philippines.

The 38-year-old has also been heavily involved in politics throughout his career, serving as Senator of the Philippines and briefly quitting boxing in 2016 to pursue a career in Congress.

Ironically, Pacquiao was elected in the same 2016 elections in which Geraldine Roman became the first openly transgender woman [man] to join the Congress of the Philippines, and who is also religious.

Pacquiao caused a storm last year when he made derogatory comments about homosexuals, stating that he believed gays are “worse than animals,” and attributed his viewpoint to his religion. “It’s just common sense. Do you see any animals of the same sex mating? Animals are better off, they can distinguish between male and female. Now if men are mating with men and women with women, then they are worse than animals,” Pacquiao told TV5, but later apologized.

US broadcaster HBO, the station which broadcasts Pacquiao’s fights, subsequently released a statement distancing themselves from Pacquiao’s comments. Sporting giant Nike went one step further and terminated their relationship with the fighter.

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