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. Danilo Deocampo

    I adore Pacquiao as a boxer, and prefer him as a congressman over a lot of the corrupt lawmakers walking around the halls of the Philippine congress. And it stops there . . . Like most of the starving Catholics in the Philippines, he must distance himself from this religion that was used as a weapon in conquering and enslaving his people. Otherwise, at least learn to separate its issues from those of the government's.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Miguel de Cervantes

    Manny has never hidden his devout religious beliefs. Those beliefs are part of what makes up the man. That is also something that the filipino voters had to contend with when marking the ballot.

    In California, Arnold's groping of women was well known before his gubernatorial election, but voters hurting for a change chose to overlook his flaws.

    The real problem here is that CNN is reporting filipino political news and using Manny's name to get readers. If it weren't Manny the boxing legend, most Americans wouldn't have clicked on the article to read about condoms in the Philippines.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • wzrd1

      Be fruitful and multiply. And when you run out of food, starve with honor and dignity.

      May 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Neal

      So? If he wasn't a famous boxer, no one outside the Phllipines would care about another religious nutcase trying to impose his reigious beliefs on others through legislation. A hypocrite and an idiot. What a combination.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      With regard to beliefs being part of what makes the man: I tend to agree and I have personal experience to prove my point... I stoped going to church and not only did I lose weight, I got smarter. It's like all the stupid left my body.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  3. Fiziks

    look what is/has happened in china... to many mouths to feed. I dont condone abortions, but if we keep having children and living longer, then humanity will starve its self far more then it is now. I hate to say cancer, aids and other deadly diseases and such are natures way of thinning the population. if we take these terrible diseases away then we are headed in a world of hurt for future gen generations to come.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  4. gary

    In these times of increasingly short resources and over population we should be encouraging abortions. We should be making them cheap and easily available. And they would be if men got pregnant.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. SrNanny

    Overpopulation already causes problems in the world, so what's wrong with zero population growth – replace only yourself and partner by having ONLY 2 children!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TG

    What a disgusting little man this boxer is.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ren

    Wow, he definitely got knocked stupid too many times in the ring. Does he have any idea how many unwanted and neglected children are out there because of lack of birth control? Not to mention the world is already ridiculously overpopulated. If the world followed his vision we'd all be out of food and resources in no time. In my own opinion I dont think anyone needs more than 3 kids, if that.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      three kids increases the world population... two sustains it at present... one slows the growth... simple math. Or are you only throwing out a random number to appear "fair"

      May 21, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • erick

      not all of them will live long enough to have a child... maybe around 3 is sufficient

      May 22, 2011 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      @ Erick,

      With a world population near 7,000,000,000... do you really think it's wise to do MORE than sustain the current population, I'd submit that reducing it gradually is better... so my vote would be 2 kids, and if one (or both) die before being able to pass on their genes... maybe... but I'll say this... my two boys are irreplaceable. Having another won't bring either one back so I'd miss them deeply.

      May 22, 2011 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joe

    I don't believe God meant to have billions on earth. What is going to happen when the earth's population is five times what is it.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cricket

    Sounds about right. PR is a dolt supreme!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jessica

    God may have said go fourth and multiply but he also gave us big brains, intelligence and reasoning, like the ability to say "We have enough people that we can't feed now so no need to have 10 kids per family any more".

    May 20, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Spectre

    Manny, if you are going endorse making babies until they or their spouse drop, make sure you keep them all in the Philippines so the rest of the world doesn't have to deal with your neolithic short sighted thinking. You think you can just squirt out babies ad infinitum and make others deal with the fallout while you're at an American Indian casino making commercials?

    You quote the Bible [“God said, ‘Go forth and multiply.’ He did not say ‘Go and have just one or two children,’” he said.]
    The Bible also does not say "Go forth and make your own baseball team" or "Go forth and make as many children as you can, regardless if you can feed or care for them"; are you just going to keep popping 'em out until it kills your wife or they are born blind or handicapped?! The human body was not meant to be a baby factory!

    May 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Decent American

    This is proof postive that Filipinos are the stupidest people on earth.

    May 20, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Decent Filipino

      Dear Stupid Decent American, kindly double check your syllogism, not all Filipinos are stupid. I don't agree with the ban so does that exclude me from being stupid? Thank you for checking your grammar twice next time when you make general statements.

      May 20, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thereisnogod

    We are about to hit the 7 billion world population mark. Where does it stop? 8, 9, 10, 11, 100 Billion?
    Child mortality rates are way down and people are living way longer now. Latest medical advances point out to a future drug/treatment that would allow us to live 150-200+ years...what then? We either control our population or find another planet. Take your pick!

    May 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Cricket

    @I agree:
    One can believe in God and still be pro-choice.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. joe

    One can believe in the Devil and still be pro choice.

    May 20, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • fimeilleur

      One can believe in NEITHER and still be pro choice...

      OH this is easy.

      May 21, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
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