20 Feb Much Ado About Manny

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JUAN SAYS: Like many netizens who may have been watching our timeline feeds regarding the issue that Manny Pacquiao created during the last week, we too are tired of hearing one opinion after another, expressing their disgust over his statements. Juan chose to keep quiet. Just like what the parody account of Alma Moreno said on twitter:

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Here is the thing, we too at JUAN have posted articles of support and sometimes otherwise on issues regarding the LGBT community, and in many ways we too have been lambasted by other die-hard advocates regarding our views. The same thing is happening with Manny Pacquiao today. Sadly, the very people who are fighting for acceptance are the very same people who antagonize the very people whom they are asking acceptance for.

Manny’s statements on his instagram posts are quite unpopular, maybe it hits a good minority to the face, but his posts on his instagram are his own personal beliefs. Sa totoo lang, medyo dense kung papaano niya sinabi at ginamit ang bible quotes. Yung na nga eh, we very well know that Manny is just that, a great boxer, period. Patulan ba?

If there is one thing good about this whole shebang, it is the fact that at the very least, Manny stood up for something, no matter how unpopular, no matter how bigoted or homophobic, no matter how stupid he may sound. He didn’t choose to keep quiet. Unlike many people we know who have been bullied to silence just because they think differently or believe differently.

Minsan mabuti pa yung dense, hindi na iniisip ang sinasabi. Sige banat na lang. At least, nasasabi ang dapat sabihin. Yun lang, nagmumukhang tanga. Hindi ba dapat tayong magpasalamat na alam na natin kung bakit hindi natin siya iboboto sa darating na eleksyon?

It is true that posts like these, especially coming from someone who has greater influence to the vast majority are dangerous and may curve the belief system of others, but isn’t it what we are supposed to do. We air our arguments, our take on issues so other people may come to understand it from different points of view? No matter how many times “influential” people bombard us with their beliefs, the truth is, at the end of the day, we formulate our own opinions, our own stand based on what we know is the truth.

Bakit ba takot na takot ang mga taong makakita ng kumokontra sa sarili nilang pananaw? Bakit ba parang kailangang kuyugin at batikusin ang isang taong nagsasalita lamang ng kanyang paniniwala at mga paninindigan? Bakit kailanganang gawing malaking issue ang isang bagay na hinahayaan ng mangyari sa ating mundo ngayon, ngunit hindi naman natin pinagtutuunan ang mas malalaking issue na tunay nga namang makakaapekto hindi lamang sa ating pang-araw araw na pangangailangan, kungdi sa ating seguridad bilang mamamayan ng ating bansa? Yan tayo eh. Yan tayo!

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Manny is a known Born Again Christian, and he is very vocal about his faith. It is our belief in JUAN that we should let him be. We may disagree with Manny, but we need not be disagreeable. Here is the thing, if you believe that what you are standing for is right and is the “gospel” truth, you would be so willing to die for it. Then we let you be. You don’t need to shove it down other people’s throats and expect them to side with you… hook, line and sinker, just because you lead a lifestyle that was once taboo in society. Being an advocate of the LGBT doesn’t make you right, always. The same is true with being a Christian, your faith doesn’t make you always right either.

Kailangan ba talagang pag-awayan ang paninindigan ng bawat tao ukol sa kasarian? Hindi diba? Sa totoo lang, kung sa paniniwala mo ay nasa tama ka, kung sa tingin mo ay andoon ka sa puntong namatay ka at humarap ka sa Panginoon at kaya mong idepensa ang iyong sarili upang makapasok ka sa langit, ituloy mo na lang ang ginagawa mo ng tahimik.

Our beliefs are more than just talk, we have to live it. Many people don’t read (the bible or whatever text/mantra that guides our belief system). But many people surely watch our lives. Sa totoo lang, nakaka-turn off ang pala-away. Ang maka-react na parang bumaliktad ang mundo mo sa isang statement na sa totoo’y marami rin naman ang naniniwala. Dinadaan ninyo sa away, sa pang-bu-bully. Nakaka-turn off yun.

It is simple, if you are secured with your belief system, no matter how many bible quotes you see on other people’s instagram, be them popular or not, you won’t be affected nor offended. Dahil alam mong hindi ka ganun. Dahil alam mong tama ang ginagawa mo. Dahil alam mong sa dulo ng buhay mo makakapasok ka pa rin sa pintuan ng langit dahil tama ang mga naging desisyon mo sa buhay mo. Oo, walang bible quote na dapat na makapagpa-taranta sa iyo. Kahit sinabi pa yan ni Jesus Christ.

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