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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  1. Jim

    If Pacman is so religious, he should follow the Bible wholeheartedly. When someone punch him he should not fight back but rather turn the other cheek.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fonseka

      So he can be a "no one" like you.

      May 21, 2011 at 12:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Cody

      And you shouldn't take verses out of context.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Jarno

      Yes, and he should be sure not to mix fabrics in his clothes, or eat shellfish, as those are abominations according to the Bible. But on the bright side, he's allowed to use his slaves as punching bags, as long as the slave survives the beating (doesn't die within a few days of it), and doesn't loose a tooth or an eye. Since he's taking the comandments of the old testament so seriously and literally, I DO hope he doesn't cherry pick. For the sake of consistency, should he have disobedient children, I hope he acts biblically, and brings them out for the village to stone to death.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
    • yobram

      i think pacman must concentrate only in boxing.he don't even know the real meaning of RH bill.that's why people of saranggani should think twice next election the whole universe knew that pac is an excellent athlete, but certainly, a big embarassment and shame when it comes to politics.he is already a future hall of famer in sports but now he starts to be a hall of shame candidate in congress.nakakahiya pati bible passage ginagamit eh katwiran yan ng mga lasenggo na gustong mag anak ng mag anak sa asawa pag umuwi na lasing.tumigil ka na manny.

      May 21, 2011 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      @ Cody

      Will you stop with the context BS?!? Are we, or are we NOT supposed to take the Book of Leviticus literally? Or does it depend on the CONTEXT of your personal prejudices? "I like shellfish, but not ho-mos-exuals... so one verse will be analogy, the other... literal." Sounds fishy to me.
      As for slaves, 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 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  2. rodge

    RH Bill are required only if a person is mentally retarded but for thuzzz who are capable of making decisions, you do not
    need RH bill.You know what you are up to.In short, smart people doesn't need RH Bill....period!!!

    May 21, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
    • LaBrosse

      So we're not supposed to educate the people who aren't as 'smart' as you? You want to keep the exclusive rights to knowledge for yourself? You disgust me. If you're a Filipino, you're everything that's wrong with our country. Knowledge should be dissimilated, not kept to an elite few. Ignorance is the real enemy here.

      God I hope you're not serious.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous

      "smart people doesn't need RH Bill....period!!!"

      So you DO need RH Bill, period.

      May 21, 2011 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
    • krista ranillo

      hey pac.. we should support the RH bill..

      May 21, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  3. kipper

    Seriously, at what century does this man live in? He should just stick to BOXING and nothing more. It's already enough many people in the Philippines thinks the way he does..

    Of course, being run by the Catholic church.

    That country would still be in the sand after another century. Other countries are much younger than it, but it still hasn't progress like them.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Ping

      Why can't you respect a man's view? Like you he also has freedom of speech. anyway the congress will vote for yes or no in the end, and that's a democratic process. Pac has his own reason to go against it, he may not be eloquent in delivering it in english, but you should understand he's not well educated but it doesn't mean he's stupid. look at other countries they don't even bother to speak in english.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      @Ping

      I was unaware that speaking English was a sign of intelligence... I lived in Moscow where 15 million people speak Russian every day... very few speak english... but they managed to send the first satelite into orbit, send the first man into orbit AND found a 57 cent solution to the question of ink freezing in space... (graphite pencil)

      May 21, 2011 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. C.

    Manny has repeatedly won the heart of a nation. Leaving aside morality, he should stay out of this fight as he risks losing the Philippine people's respect and admiration.

    As for the RH bill debate: in principle, self-determination is a right we religiously extend to nation-states. In this case, we should also respect the individual's right to self-determination and allow birth control. Practically, poverty in the Philippines has bread overpopulation, which creates more poverty. Birth control can help end this vicious cycle.

    May 21, 2011 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • David Roxas

      We support Manny by the way...

      May 21, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Jacob

      No we don't. Manny is losing his thrill. He is a great boxer, a total idiot. I speak his native language, as well as somewhat okay english. I can guarantee this RH bill will affect how he is viewed. Our family already despises him for trying to be lawmaker when he has no brains.

      May 21, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jr

      If by "we" you mean Filipinos, you couldn't be more wrong. I would never support someone against saving lives from disease or despair, and Filipinos in general would never support idiotic statements such as the ones you are displaying, ROXAS. People reading, please understand his mind is not the mind of ALL Filipinos; Only that of uneducated ones.

      May 21, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. krista ranillo

    hi pac man.. i miss you.. remember you used a condom on me... so why fight RH bill..

    May 21, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. krista ranillo

    hi pac man.. just wanna let you know that the RH bill can help you... remember what you DID to me?

    May 21, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. elson_mac

    Should we really take anything serious that pacman read and says from a paper, handed to him by who knows who?

    May 21, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  8. James Santos

    OVER POPULATION IS WHY THE CATHOLIC WORLD IS SO POOR!
    ALL THE CATHOLIC COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD ARE POOR WHILE ALL PROTESTANT COUNTRIES ARE RICH!
    THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, THE MOST PROTESTANT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD, IS SO VERY PROSPEROUS!
    SO ARE PROTESTANT COUNTRIES SUCH AS CANADA, THE UK AND AUSTRALIA!
    BUT LOOK AT LATIN AMERICA AND THE PHILIPPINES!
    ALL THOSE CATHOLIC COUNTRIES ARE SO VERY POOR!
    PROTESTANT COUNTRIES ALLOW FOR PEOPLE TO CONTROL THEIR REPRODUCTION AND SO ARE RICH!
    BUT CATHOLIC COUNTRIES DO NOT ALLOW FOR PEOPLE TO CONTROL THEIR REPRODUCTION AND SO HAVE TOO MANY KIDS THAT THEY CAN AFFORD AND SO HAVE NO MONEY FOR EDUCATION OR INVESTING OR TO SPEND FOR FUN, ETC!
    THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS DOING A GREAT DISSERVICE TO ITS PEOPLE AS IT CAUSES THEM TO BE POOR!
    THE PEOPLE IN THE CATHOLIC WORLD ARE AMONG THE POOREST IN THE WORLD!

    May 21, 2011 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
    • David Roxas

      AFRICA IS NOT A CATHOLIC REGION/CONTINENT where the poorest countries can be found...BY THE WAY, ONE OF THE MOST AFFECTED COUNTRIES DURING THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS WAS THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WHERE MANY OF ITS CITIZENS KILLED THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF POVERTY....SO WHY THEIR RH LAW DIDNT WORK? lol

      May 21, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      To the left of the letter A, there's the CapsLock key... I think you hit it by accident. If you push it again, you will once again be able to type like an rational individual.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      Again, David, you look like a fool. Poverty is not only caused by overpopulation. We have programs that will feed the children that are less fortunate, and even the ADULTS! If they killed themselves due to poverty, it was simply that. A lot of people can't stand going from rich to poor. Look at the 20's stock market crash. Same concept. You are just some guy who thinks they're high up on the chair because you think you know everything about everything. If you had any wit at all, you'd support this bill. Since you don't, I guess I'm going to keep reading your idiotic CAPS LOCK posts. Don't let the rapture get you...'tis the 21st of May (cries)

      May 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • DG

      Not that Africa was mentioned, but David, sigh..

      Africa has more diamonds & ivory than you could ever imagine. Stop hoping the government funds will pay for your internet. Get a job

      May 21, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. B

    Living as a foreigner in the Philippines, I'm saddened by posts such as these. The country has great advantages for quality of life, while in some areas, it lacks much needed education. The RH bill will be great for Filipino families that cannot afford & have never had the opportunity to learn about family planning. Not only does this bill promote safe & healthy family planning, it can greatly reduce risk of spreading disease, which could save an epidemic from occurring in the first place.

    To those arguing that the country really doesn't need this in effect, allow me to enlighten you. The Philippines, although a democracy, is largely influenced (controlled/brainwashed) by the Catholic Church's words &/or desires. What they want, well sadly, they tend to get. No longer! I say, "Rise up!". The Church is separate from State, does not pay taxes, but yet they think they have the right to control what happens. Serious debates have gone on in Congress including the President & the Catholic Church.

    Here's my concern, the Catholic Church should not even be involved with acts of Congress. They are the mere public & should not in ANY WAY be affiliated with the judicial decisions/process. The Catholic Church (for the most part) is a religion in the States that seems to respect most people & mind their own business. The Catholic Church in the Philippines could easily be compared to Waco or a well-known Charles Manson.

    The Church needs to separate itself from State & stop trying to be vindictive over matters that are saving one's health, that are keeping children from starving on the street because their parents were uneducated on family planning matters, & saving a countrywide congestion problem. Look at China....wow.

    Pacquiao should also learn where he belongs. Note, this man is not a true congressman. For all those who have heard, they've heard wrong. He won a seat in the election because of his fame as a boxer. He then proceeded to take a crash course in politics that lasted 30 days. No proper congressman can learn protocols & the educational values needed to become a political leader in 30 days, much less 4 years. There is a reason why degrees are required by many, except sadly, not by the famous. Nonetheless, this is the type of intelligence we are dealing with when facing the anti-RH protestors: People who do as the Church says without having been properly & unbiasedly informed on the RH bill &/or people without any common sense (hence Pacquio). Pacquio not only took a bible verse out of context to suit his own needs in the Congress speech (which he failed to get away with), but he also used his fame to get on this list of the congressmen that were supposed to speak at the meeting. Some of his points focused on being the women's responsibility to take action on natural family planning. Also, "his wife stopped taking birth control when he told her to stop". Whoa now Pacquio, she's not your opponent, or is she? His wife also stated that she didn't want to have any more children which is why she inclined to take the pills according to the doctor's advisement. Pacquio, however, disagrees with his wife & says they are going to have more children.

    This is the kind of mentality that is persuading the already uneducated people of the Philippines. Don't at all misinterpret me; Many intelligent individuals live & are from the Philippines. However, the Catholic Church & Pacquio are preying on those that are not as fortunate as you & I. So, next time you're posting a comment about the Philippines, and/or talking to someone from the Philippines, be unbiased BUT INFORMATIVE!

    I hope this can clear up some of the confusion over how someone could not know how to use birth control. City councils even tried & enforced prescriptions for condoms in some parts. A scary world we live in.

    May 21, 2011 at 3:52 am | Report abuse |
    • David Roxas

      90 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN THE PHILIPPINES AS OF 2008...THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD PRIORITIZE FIRST THINGS FIRST. MANY ARE POOR AS OF THIS MOMENT, IF YOULL FEED THEM WITH CONTRACEPTIVE PILLS AND CONDOM, ARE YOU SURE THIS 90 MILLION PEOPLE WILL HAVE FOOD TO EAT? INSTEAD OF BUYING PILLS WHICH ARE ABORTIFACIENT AND CAN CAUSE BREAST CANCER AND CERVICAL CANCER FOR WOMEN, LETS PRIORITIZE FIRST THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION, LOWER PRICES OF BASIC COMMODITIES ETC...BUILD MORE HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS, INCREASE THE SALARIES OF THE DOCTORS, NURSES AND TEACHERS!!!! THESE ARE THE FIRST THINGS FIRST TO BE PRIORITIZED.

      May 21, 2011 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Sarah R

      Well, David. If you had any common sense at all, you could figure out 1 + 1 = 2. With that being said, if we don't solve the problem with population growth, how can the already poor feed more children? Obviously, that was not a well thought out CAPITAL REPLY. It's very annoying reading comments/replies to people when you clearly are the same types of uneducated people that the poster is speaking about. Abortion consists of killing a live fetus. Your reply clearly is swayed by your religion rather than medical facts. Doctors believe the fetus is not live until after a certain time into the pregnancy. However, your church does not. Stop being a biased, uneducated fool & learn something from these articles. Capital letters is not only annoying, but shows your immaturity. Sadly, we share the last name.

      May 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Adelina

    In the New Testament era, it means to "evangelize and multiply," not of having children – the reason Catholic monks and nuns are celibate. Any birth control that involves destruction of the embryonic cell is murder, not pregnancy-prevention measures.

    May 21, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      That's funny, I didn't know they were aware of embryos 2000 years ago... or are you trying to empose your religious belief on others? Laws are written by politicians, and politics and religion are kept seperate (freedom of religion). If you want your God's opinion considered by the courts... he can present himself at anytime during regular working hours (ensuring of course he has proper identification... we wouldn't want Him accused of being an ilegal alien) to any court house or state congress. Now, I'm pretty sure, if you look up murder in your criminal code, it WON'T mention embryos.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. M

    City councils even tried & enforced prescriptions for condoms in some parts: Scary indeed ! Next time they'll legislate "morality".
    The church should be taxed ! The priests are getting richer and the bishops fatter each day. They live like kings with housemaids and everything. This is so disgusting.

    May 21, 2011 at 4:27 am | Report abuse |
    • NameAqui

      How many fetuses/nerborn bodies buried under adjoined seminaries and nunneries??????

      May 21, 2011 at 5:48 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      Yes, sad, but true. My wife attended an all girls Catholic school here in the Philippines. Her parents decided to pull her out of school immediately. Why you ask? Simple, the Nuns & Priests taught the girls at 10 years old not to wear short-shorts &/or skirts around the house because they would tempt their Brothers & Fathers. Sick! Population growth aside, the Catholic Priests can molest children & then force whatever disease they have onto those innocent souls. Why? Because contraceptives are against their religion. The bigger question is WHY the Catholic church, knowingly covering up for sick individuals, should at all be taken seriously. Although sounding biased, which is against my own better judgement, the Church should worry about their internal problems before proceeding to care about anything else. Care might be an unworthy word. They're lack of care would sum it up a bit more. Whatever happened to those children that were violated for all of those years? No one knows..suicide maybe? What happened to the Priests...we all know! A slap on the wrist & sent to another Parish to preach. I should know, our former Parish (former Catholic here), had a child molester sent to our church. What happened? The good people (yes, they were good, intelligent people) of the church told him to get the hell out! He was gone in a week. What'd they church do? Sent him to Guatemala where he's probably doing the same damn thing! Although this is unrelated to the RH bill, it does go hand in hand with the church's involvement. Take care of your own problems WITHOUT trying to create more for the general public SO EAGER to become more educated. It's not the dark ages anymore, we have electricity even!!

      May 21, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ron

    I was 6 yrs. old when I first saw a box full of condom in my parent's room which they got from our local health center distributed by the LGU of the philippines. I didn't know what they were for so I took a handful and distribute some to my kid friends. Some adult teenagers noticed us and taught us how to use it. And that's the beginning of my promiscuous life. After two abortions & one ectopic pregnancy, How do you think all this crap can help me?

    May 21, 2011 at 4:37 am | Report abuse |
    • T

      Ron, you are a liar. I hope you know that lying, even in the pursuit of what you think is a higher truth, is still one of the worse sins in your religion. No one respects a liar, and in the end no one believes a liar.

      Did you know that over 50% of the children born in 2010 in the Philippines were to teenage girls who were not married? Maybe if they had "uncles, and friends" who used condoms the would actually have a future opposed to now being 24 with a 2nd grader that they can not afford, being raised by her parents who wish they could retire and relax but can't do so until 2018.......

      May 21, 2011 at 4:57 am | Report abuse |
    • M

      Ron, you were promiscuous all along since the time of your conception. Do not blame the condom. Instead be thankful it helped you not to contract HIV or did you ? Anyway, it is either you made a cheap shot with that story or you're just that promiscuous.

      May 21, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      How about taking responsibility for your own actions? YOU got into bed, YOU had s-ex, YOU didn't use a condom... that's why she got pregnant. Quit trying to blame others for your irresponsible actions.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • B

      Ron, you need to quit lying. Last time I checked, Ron was a guy's name. With that said, if you got pregnant, I now believe in miracles!!

      May 21, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BunnyOle

    DAVID ROXAS you are ridiculous – you're advocating spending BILLIONS building structures and foundations that will take YEARS to come to fruition – A woman is at a higher risk of death giving birth than taking a pill. Why do you want babies born to teenage girls who then can't get an education, kids having kids, women FORCED to have babies because men won't wear condoms. AND SORRY "many" citizens did not commit suicide because of the recession; their are always people who kill themselves over money – recession or not. We don't HAVE an RH bill ROXAS – and as far as "the worst countries" listed prod vs. catholic – that man was only talking about christian country comparisons. He wasn't talking about NONchristian countries like gross muslims.

    RON if you figured out how to use condoms, what the hell happened? It's nobody's fault but YOURS that you are promiscuous – seeing a condom didn't do that, your own decisions did.

    Even if god said "go forth and multiply" I'M PRETTY SURE WE'VE MULTIPLIED ENOUGH in another 20-30 years there won't be enough land left on the planet (and water) to grow enough food.

    May 21, 2011 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |
  14. Bryan Kariki Kaldoma

    Too much boxing causes brain concussions. Thus making the fist more intelligent than the brain.

    Those who know nothing like me, shut up!

    May 21, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  15. fimeilleur

    @ Cody
    Will you stop with the context BS?!? Are we, or are we NOT supposed to take the Book of Leviticus literally? Or does it depend on the CONTEXT of your personal prejudices? "I like shellfish, but not ho-mos-exuals... so one verse will be analogy, the other... literal." Sounds fishy to me.
    As for slaves, 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 10:42 am | Report abuse |
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