MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Although neophyte Philippine Senator Manny Pacquiao may not understand the constitutional principle of the separation of church and state, he seems to exhibit extremely competent knowledge of what’s in the bible.
In the last few weeks, Pacquiao used the bible to support his arguments on legislative and other issues ranging from the death penalty to the controversial burial of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos in Libingan Ng Mga Bayani (National Heroes’ Cemetery).
He has argued that even God kills people, and that God, as a forgiving God, is willing to forgive the sins of Marcos.
But when confronted with an issue that is not mentioned in the bible, the boxer-turned-senator was totally confused.
During a senate hearing attended by National Youth Commission chair Aiza Seguerra, Pacquiao didn’t know how to address the self-identified transgender showbiz celebrity.
As he posed a question, Pacquiao went back and forth in referring to Seguerra as “Mr., Mrs., Mr.”
“Hindi po ako Mrs.,” Seguerra replied.
Seguerra, who previously self-identified as lesbian, had publicly come out as a transgender man.
When interviewed by The Adobo Chronicles after the Senate hearing, Pacquiao said, “I was so confused. I didn’t know how to address Miss, er, Mr. Seguerra because there’s nothing stated in the bible about transgender men.”
Well, that’s what happens when a politician legislates based solely on his knowledge of the bible.
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