Gay activist group Progressive Organization of Gays (ProGay) said that they were offended by the remarks made by Manny Pacquiao’s mother, Dionisia Pacquiao in defending her son from Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago.
Dionisia Pacquiao said, “Tingnan mo, mga bakla, kaiinom ng pills, hindi na bagay inumin ng mga bakla kasi lalake sila. Ginagawa sila ng Diyos na lalake. Umiinom talaga sila ng pills para magsilaki ang dede. Bawal ‘yan!” She was enraged after Senator Santiago commented that her son Manny shouldn’t join the debates on the controversial Reproductive Health Bill (RH bill). With all due respect, we want Mommy Dionisia to know that we are deeply offended and scared that her words can again revive the disease model of homosexuality and transexuality in Philippine society.” Goya Candelario, spokesperson of ProGay said. “[W]e are pleading with Ms. Pacquiao to come out with a better view of transgenders and gays. She should understand our situation in order to see how much we can benefit from the approval of the RH Bill.” he added.