Boxing Star Manny Pacquiao Draws Flak For Same-Sex Marriage Comment

Filipino boxer and Congressman Manny Pacquiao, right, at the start of the official campaign period for the May 9, 2016 presidential elections at suburban Mandaluyong city east of Manila, Philippines Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. Photo: Bullit Marquez / Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines — Boxing star Manny Pacquiao has created a firestorm in his home country after saying people in same-sex relationships "are worse than animals."

Pacquiao, who is running for a Philippine Senate seat, made the remark in a video posted Monday on local TV5's election site. He also said animals are better than people in same-sex relationships because they recognize the difference between males and females.

Among those expressing opposition to the comments was gay comedian and television host Jose Marie Viceral, known as Vice Ganda. He tweeted that lesbian, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are humans, not animals. He said they're not saints, but that they'll pray for Pacquiao.

Danton Remoto of the LGBT group Ladlad said Pacquiao's comments showed he had a shallow understanding of issues important to the LGBT community.

On Tuesay Pacquio posted further comment on the issue on his instagram account

Story: Associated Press.