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BOXING HERO Manny Pacquiao and the We Care Ministries Team

Some members of the WE CARE Ministries Team had an unexpected meeting with congressman and boxing icon Manny Pacquiao last Wednesday, February 17, 2016, in his mansion in General Santos City, in the midst of the growing controversy on his stand against same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

The courtesy call and meeting with the People’s Champ was made possible through my cousin Alfred Gabot, Editor-in- Chief of PHILIPPINES TODAY founder of the PhilAm Press  and past president of the National Press Club of the Philippines, among others, in coordination with top sports editor and columnist Eddie Alinea and Congressman Pacquiao’s spokesperson Aquiles Zonio for the arrangement of the meeting.

The members of the WE CARE Ministries Team who met with Manny Paquiao include Larry West, founder and director of WE CARE Ministries from West Monroe, Louisiana; Cole Robertson, grandson of Phil Robertson who is the patriarch of the Robertson clan on the popular reality TV show “DUCK DYNASTY,” Steven Prine, director and coordinator of WE CARE Philippine Ministry;  and yours truly, one of the evangelists at the Golden Gate Church of Christ in San Francisco, California.

The members of the WE CARE Ministries Team extended their all-out moral and spiritual support to the eight-division’s champion’s stand on the issue of same-sex union. Larry West led special prayer for the success of Manny Pacquiao in his upcoming fight against Timothy Bradley on April 9 and for his campaign and candidacy as Philippine senator.

Steven Prine belittled the threat made by LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgenders) calling Filipino electorates not to vote the incumbent Sarangani Congressman, who is running for Senator in the coming May elections. “With God on the side of Pacquiao, he can’t go wrong. God is very good, especially to those who love Him. This issue should not worry Manny at all,” said Prine.

The WE CARE Ministries Team also met with Freddie Roach, personal trainer; and GM Eugene Torre, Asia’s first chess Grandmaster, during the courtesy call on Manny Paquiao. GM Eugen Torre is in agreement with his Filipino compatriot on the issue of same-sex marriage.

I support what Cong. Manny Pcquiao has said, he expressed what he believed and felt. It was expected of him being a man of the bible, a bible practitioner. It would be too awkward on his part if he reads the bible then he would say the opposite,: Torre told to Tonton Alcos-Antogop during the Bobby Pacquiao Random Chess 2016 Festival at the SM Gensan Trade Hall.

Former Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile defended earlier the stand of Congressman Manny Pacquiao on the issue of same-sex union. He acknowledged that Paquiao is “influential leader” and echoed the challenge that those who practiced homosexuality and same-sex union should “go to another planet.”

Recently, leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines and other Christian groups sided with Congressman Pacquiao on his stand against the practice of same-sex marriage and homosexuality.

I would like to share excerpts of the article “Standing By His Beliefs” (PhilBoxing.com) by Ronnie Nathanielsz, “We need to remember that Manny Pacquiao, by his incredible exploits in the ring, earned our country and people the respect it deserved at a time when the Philippines was looked down upon by the international community.

Manny single-handedly restored our people’s pride which is more than we can say for those who condemn him. How very short indeed are our individual and collective memories.

Manny’s decision to stand by his word is what sets him apart from politicians who haven’t the guts to confront the truth or those, who believe it may affect their chances in the forthcoming elections and stay away from the truth.

Aquiles Zonio wrote” ‘A good leader isn’t afraid to take a stand, no matter how unpopular, for the sake of the truth. A true leader will always uphold what is right in the eyes of God.’

Respected journalist Leslie Bocobo stated on Facebook – ‘Manny Pacquiao wrapped himself with our flag, not hypocrisy. He awakened the Filipino’s pride even to the least amongst us as he competed in the ring, win or lose.

‘He may not be perfect, but who is? But on this note I ask what good has Vice Ganda and Boy Abunda given the country thru the power of television? Entertainment? At the expense of the Filipino youth? By giving them the wrong set of values? Not so much with Boy Abunda, but this Vice Ganda is the epitome of everything that is immoral, scandalous, obscene, dirty, uncouth, ugly, rude, shallow and stupid.”

It’s God’s providence that the WE CARE Ministries Team visited Manny Pacquiao with Cole Robertson whose grandfather Phil Robertson (of the popular reality TV show “DUCK DYNASTY”) experienced what the boxing icon is experiencing now. During a TV interview, watched by millions of viewers, Phil Robertson echoed his strong opposition against same-sex marriage and the practice of homosexuality. The network sponsoring the “DUCK DYNASTY” show asked him to apologize and was warned that the “DUCK DYNASTY” show will be suspended until he apologize and change his stand on the issue of same-sex marriage. With the support of millions of conservative and Christian viewers, Phil Robertson stood firm in his opposition against same-sex marriage. Eventually, network allowed “DUCK DYNASTY” show to continue and has more more viewers today.

Manny Pacquiao is not the only popular athlete who stood firm on his belief and the teachings of the bible. Steve Curry, MVP of the Champion Golden State Warriors, rejected the offer of NIKE as endorser when his favorite bible verse will not be included in the ads endorsement.

I ask and appeal to ALL our readers and ALL believers and Christians to boycott NIKE until it restored Manny Paquiao as endorser. I also ask and appeal to ALL our readers and ALL believers and Christians to boycott the shows where VICE GANDA is participating if he does not change his ways in his shows for the sake of our children and the future generation.

(ART GABOT MADLAING is a commissioned Notary Public and licensed Real Estate Broker (BRE #00635976) in California since 1981. He is accredited Notary Public by the Philippine Consul General in San Francisco. He is one of the evangelists at the Golden Gate Church of Christ in San Francisco, California. He is the founder of FITNESS FOR HUMANITY (aka FITNESS FOR CHRIST) and ACAPINOY. He can be reached at (650)438-3531 or (415)584-7095 or e-mail: agmadlaing@hotmail.com)

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