Manny Pacquiao laces up gloves in country's fight over birth control
Manny Pacquiao, right, easily defeated Shane Mosely this month, but can he repeat in the Filipino birth control bout?
May 20th, 2011
04:05 PM ET

Manny Pacquiao laces up gloves in country's fight over birth control

Manny Pacquaio's latest fight could be much tougher than pounding on “Sugar” Shane Mosley for 12 rounds.

Fresh off his trouncing of the American welterweight contender, Pacquiao, 32 who also serves as a Sarangani representative in the Filipino Congress has entered the ring again to denounce a reproductive health bill that he and his fellow lawmakers are considering.

The bill has several controversial provisions, such as the requirement that women experiencing problems after abortions, which would still be banned, must be treated humanely and compassionately.

Pacquiao and President Benigno Aquino III, a backer of the bill, agree abortion should be outlawed, The Manila Times reported. Where they part ways is on the issue of contraception, according to Filipino media.

Aquino believes couples should be educated on birth control and should be free to choose the method they deem most appropriate, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. Pacquiao, on the other glove, opposes contraception and paraphrased Genesis to defend his stance.

God said, ‘Go forth and multiply.' He did not say, ‘Go and have just one or two children,’” the People’s Champ said, according the paper.

Some of the bill’s supporters slammed his literal interpretation of the Bible. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago said the pugilist, who is Catholic, like 81% of Filipinos, was acting like a fundamentalist. Disregarding his status as a fellow legislator, she further questioned his foray into what she said was a sociopolitical issue.

“We cannot be know-it-alls. It will be very misleading to use his celebrity status to enter into what is, after all, a great debate on the political economy,” she told the Daily Inquirer.

PacMan’s remarks are not controversial solely on religious or political grounds. As Defensor-Santiago pointed out, Pacquiao’s wife, Jinkee, recently acknowledged taking birth control pills.

The Phillipines’ GMA News reported this week that a doctor said Jinkee Pacquiao also an opponent of the reproductive health bill began using the pills after the couple’s fourth child, Queenie, was born. She took them to get back in shape, according to reports.

“That was in the past, but now she no longer does,” GMA quoted the eight-division champ as telling reporters.

Citing an April poll from the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit focusing on sex education and health, GMA News said Pacquiao’s wife wasn’t different from the overwhelming majority of Catholic women who have sex.

The poll states that 98% of those polled have used some means of contraception “other than natural family planning.”

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soundoff (235 Responses)
  1. Chica

    As opposed to unnatural family planning?
    I.E.: contraceptives?
    What a load of hooey!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • SabrainSyria

      Just another example of how religion has screwed up this world.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DrumDoctorD

    Go forth and multiply into an already overburdened planet.

    Great advice – perhaps a guy who gets hit in the head for a living should not be the same one to initiate legislation which affect EVERYONE on the planet.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jaws4Jeebus

    Pffft, this is what happens when you let Jesus-freaks run any country.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Catholic Church is Pope and dogma-freaks, not Jesus -freaks. The local Protestant Churches supports the RH bill.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cricket

    Not to mention that God was talking about a planet with very few inhabitants at that time, if one goes for that sort of thing.
    Not to mention where the people came from that one was supposed to multiply WITH!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Hades

    My father told me when I was 9 to go wash the car. I guess that means since he didnt ever tell me to stop that I should still be doing it...right?

    May 20, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Aezel

    Ah yes, and this is what happens when you let Christianity run a country. Make no mistake, if the right wing nutjobs in the U.S. had their way, birth control would be illegal here too.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • David, CA

      Yes Aezel- and behind the scenes they would be taking their pregnant teen daughters to some back alley abortionist to keep up the image of their false superiority.

      May 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Catholics are a screwed up part of Christianity. So they are quasi-Christian since they love their dogmas and rituals more than anything else.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ogscorpion

    As much as I am a huge fan of the PacMan, he has no place whatsoever in politics. He should have not entered the political world. It is not his expertise. He does not have the knowledge. People are just going to use him and make fun of him. He should have just stick with boxing or promoting, that's it. He does not know anything about politics.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ellis from Panama

    I'm not affected, nor are any of my boyfriends. We're gay!

    May 20, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Phillipe

    The Christian God also condoned slavery (see Bible's Old Testament). Does that mean slavery is OK nowadays?

    May 20, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      er....Old Testament?....helloooooo.......

      May 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      @ Jim

      Even Jesus condones the practice when he says MATTHEW 5:17 – "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” But, I don't have to quote the bible to you... you know you're right, don't you.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Shane

    What a hack this Pacquiao is. It's easy for a man to sit there and say no contraceptive, but what about the woman who puts herself in danger with every pregnancy and who, sometimes, even dies during the birth. Some women NEED to have contraception. Religion is responsible for deaths, wars, and stupid comments and beliefs than any other thing in the world. Listen up, people: IT'S A BOOK OF FABLES. IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD TO BELIEVE IN A PUFFY-CLOUDED LITTLE PLACE CALLED HEAVEN AND A LITTLE RED MAN IN TIGHTS AND A PITCH FORK, THEN FINE, BUT DON'T PUSH THIS NONSENSE ON ANYONE ELSE.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. AC

    He should stick to boxing, as his brain function seems to be limited to beating the crap out of people but not more.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Selfish Gene Simmons

    Man I tell ya, that people...

    This wanna-be Bruce Lee doesn't have the education and moral standing to determine social backwardness in a country that struggles to move forward.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. David, CA

    aaaaandddd there goes any respect I had for Pacquiao. Stick to fighting and don't impose your religious beliefs on others – especially to the point where it can put someone's life in danger or cause them undue discrimination and make the the target of hatred.

    May 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Javier

    Doesn't Genesis also ban tattoos?

    May 20, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      That's a new one to me... could you site the verse?

      May 21, 2011 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  15. stand up and cover

    I'll bet PacMan doesn't use contraception with any of his other ladies either. What a "man". I also bet he doesn't spend very much time with his kids. Why have them?

    May 20, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
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