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. Cricket

    One big fat reason for not having children is that many, many people CANNOT AFFORD THEM!!!!!!!

    4Mercy, I believe you have good intentions at heart, but if you condone popping out one baby after another without any though as to how to feed, house, and clothe them, well, I guess that's ok for YOU.

    May 20, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • doWHAT

      To have so many children without supporting them to become viable citizens is morally irresponsible. This is because it is a drain on resources. Not that I would condone euthanization of handicapped people yet IF the child would otherwise be a contributing citizen to society, it is the parent's responsibility to foster this viability.

      May 20, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. boy hangal

    This is precisely the reason why Pacman should stick to boxing. He does not have the tools to combat the sharks of politics. I hate to see him get owned but hey, that's what made him who he is.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dave

    I think this guy has been punched in the head too many times to think straight on this issue, which should not even be an issue.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. doWHAT

    The book of Genesis was written when 2 out of 10 children survived to adulthood. Of course having a bunch of children was encouraged.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. octopus

    What an idiot! It's 2011... can you believe it? As someone already mentioned, his brain got hit way too many times. Although it might have been damaged since birth.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Gene Laurenciano

    Pacman VS. Condom

    May 20, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    I think both doWHAT and octopus are actually in agreement: what may have been the way to go as stated in Genesis,; that is, propagate the Earth! 5,000 years ago was not the way to go. Now, our world faces a major over population problem, and if we continue over-populating it, we will destroy ourselves. How moral is it now to bring into this world a doubling or tripling of the human of children who are not wanted and of parents who do not have provide enough financial support to sustain them. Using condoms to help people avoid bringing into this world children who meet both of these criteria should not be a matter that their government legislates! It should be their right to make logical decisions about birth control and the prevention of STDs.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bernie

    This shows you how the Catholic church still manipulate the Filipinos. Unfortunately, people like him, no education, still follow blindly what the Catholic church says.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lis MANUEL

    Many couples can't afford the present high cost of raising quality children. Poor countries and their government lacks basic educational, health & social infrastructure to give its rapidly growing population. As Miriam Santiago said, this is a socio-economic problem that needs to be dealt by intelligent leaders, not by boxers that turned to be pseudo politicians. Pacquiao is one lucky guy that became rich from his chosen profession. If he was just another kargador in the pier, nobody will ever give him a chance to voice out his silly remark apropos RH Bill. The Catholic clowns embarked on his popularity, what a pathetic, desperate move from so called religious leaders. It's very dangerous and a crazy move to let Pacquiao run this type of arena. Boxing is his trade, not Socio-Economic Management. He still needs a lot of academic education, public leadership training and the very basic intelligent reasoning power to be seriously taken as a representative of the Filipino people. But who's to blame? Of course the desperate, ignorant mass of voters, who voted for popularity, not for intelligence. Voters need a lot of learning too.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. new york

    Maybe Paqi should pull out once in a while. Boxers in general terms are not longterm thinkers, someone with a vision should draw him a diagram representing his philisophy of go forth and multiply 50 years from now.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Global Traveler

    Who cares what this moron thinks? I can't believe that people would turn to the advice of a total stranger to make such a personal decision.

    He needs to keep his yap shut.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WDS

    And there goes my support for Manny as a boxer

    May 20, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jinx

    Global Traveler:

    Unfortunately, this moron has the same way of thinking as many of our elected officials here.

    May 20, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Raiden

    The main problem in Philippines is poverty cause by corrupt politician. controlling the population will not change the reality, Make the corruption as a #1 criminal offence and execute them, then lets talk family planing. China is over populated country but no doubt they have better economic than Philippines. What people need right now is proper education regarding family planning and fight corruption. teach them whats the consequences of having a lot of children. Its not over population makes the country poor, Its the over populated corrupt politician.

    May 20, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |


      May 20, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Jim

    The main problem for the Philippines is the Catholic Church, the same Church that strives to keep Filipinos in the Middle Ages, ignorant and unthinking. Naturally keeping Filipinos in mental and spiritual darkness is encouraged so as to allow the Church easier control over the population. Now the Catholic Church is railing against the RH bill by spreading lies that it promotes abortion. And this is the same Catholic Church that stayed quiet during the long reign of murder and plunder of the Arroyo administration, mainly because they are being given money by the Arroyo government. Any civilized country would have kicked these hypocrites out into the Pacific Ocean a long time ago.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
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