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. John Obrien

    With over population and poverty rampant in the PI, one would think that Manny would have a different view on this topic. Manny I know you've attained god like status in the PI but stick to boxing dude.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nate (Seattle, WA)

    When people ask me why I'm so against religion (vs. someone who simply chooses not to believe), I offer examples like this. In my short lifetime, the population of the world has doubled, while the earth hasn't gotten any bigger (and it has fewer critical resources now – namely, oil). And religion is The primary reason for this unsustainable nonsense.

    There's all this Tea Party angst now about how we're being so foolish by borrowing from future generations, and that we can't just keep printing money indefinitely. There's some truth to that, but what they don't realize is that the financial nonsense they rail about is a direct consequence of our choice to continue reproducing without limits. Our monetary policy, and natural resource consumption, is a symptom of population growth. You can whine about the symptom all you want, but the only solution to the root problem is to limit the population.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • bruce Heinemann

      right on Nate.. well said... Pacquiao.. go back into your damn cave!

      May 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ficheye

      You are right on. Right on the money.

      I just wish we could start a movement, but it's never going to happen. So many children happen because no one wants to deal with a condom... and it doesn't feel as good, which is the actual mitigating factor here. No, we are doomed because of the imbecilic nature of most humans. We are just another level one extinction even just waiting to happen. But it's not gonna happen this saturday.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • ShaneB

      With or without religion we'd be seperating ourselves over some other disagreement in how we live, and having lively debates over them instead.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • RP

      Some GOP talking head (I want to say Paul Ryan?) was recently trying to convince people that the only reason Social Security was failing was that there weren't enough new Americans being born to support it, thanks to abortion. That tells you about all you need to know about religion's influence on what might otherwise be a logical thought process.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • EricZ

      I agree with you, Nate. Religious beliefs might have been beneficial to the world hundreds of years ago. But in this era those beliefs tend to do more harm than good. For the people who need to have some kind of "faith" in order to go on with their lives, something might need be changed about the reference of their beliefs. Maybe they need a newer testament of the bible, for instance.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. thor

    texapino.. nice.

    It's like that idiot giuliani taking credit for the drop in crime in NYC... the fact of the matter is after R v. W passed and women were given the choice (!), low and behold, 12-17 years later there were fewer thugs on the street.

    Choice helps. Fear and control does not.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ficheye

    There seems to be a consensus. This guy is stupid. Almost all of our current woes are caused by overpopulation. But it's really hard for humans to admit that they are so flawed. And thusly, our end cometh.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Glenn

    ALL of the world's problems are compounded by overpopulation. ALL of them. I hate irresponsible ideology like this. I used to like Pacquiao.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Phil

    “God said, ‘Go forth and multiply.' He did not say, ‘Go and have just one or two children,’”

    god didn't say anything because there is no such thing as god........and the world isn't going to end tomorrow - besides, it's already Saturday in more than half the world right now and everyone is still there.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  7. john

    Putting church and government together is like oil and water. I believe everyone should have the freedom to choose. This is why Philippines never moves forward.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cricket

    @Shane/Shanee:
    We got it the first time.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bruce Heinemann

    Got hit in the head too many times!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jorge

    Manny is right..that is EXACTLY what God said"multiply"! iT IS A VERY HONEST POSITION THAT i FULLY SUPPORT. ABORTION IS A MASSIVE DISASTER and an ongoing genocide of our own bethreen.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • I agree

      I agree with you Jorge. To those of you who don't believe in God I pray for you. Abortion is an abomination... It's funny how people today can make it seem so normal as other abominations. Our time willl come and I can't wait but for now WAY TO GO MANNY!!! I enjoy your boxing but I never new you had such moral beliefs. Praise Jesus!

      May 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • lintlicker

      You and Manny must have the King Cletus version of the Bible that says, "Thou shall be a redneck and reproduce without abandon." Silly, Catholics,...keep buying your way into heaven.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. miklan

    religion strikes again!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cricket

    Are you from the Phillipines, by any chance, Jorge?

    May 20, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ellis from Panama

    I'm from Panama not the Philipines. I want a male order bride.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      You want a "male" order bride? What should he look like? Is it required that he cook and clean?

      May 20, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. APeasant

    This makes me glad that Pacquiato is in boxing and not politics.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. copanut

    The only form of birth control Manny needs is to show his face. But seriously, if you think it is a mandate to "go forth and multiply", then natural family planning is just as much a contradiction as chemical family planning. Meanwhile, Filipino men are world renowned womanizers with mistresses, and Filipino Catholics can be world class hypocritical busybodies.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
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