Senatorial aspirant and Sarangani Representative Manny Pacquiao suffered a significant drop in Pulse Asia’s nationwide senatorial poll following his controversial stand on same-sex marriage.
The boxing champ drew flak from both local and international celebrities after he compared the sexual act of gays to animals in an interview with TV5’s Bilang Pilipino 2016 election coverage.
As a result, Pacquiao’s numbers dropped by 12.1 points—from a score of 46.9 percent last January to 34.8 percent for the month of February.
He made it to the tail-end of the so-called “Magic 12” or probable winning senatorial candidates for the 2016 elections.
Pulse Asia’s survey was conducted from February 15 to 20 with 1,800 responds and a ±2 margin error.
“Sa senatorial [survey], ang outstanding dun, yung bagsak ni Pacquiao. Nasa bingit na siya,” said Institute for Political and Electoral Reform's (IPER) executive director Mon Casiple.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) was able to interview Casiple earlier today, March 4.
“Obviously, it was the result of mga pinagsasabi niya tsaka reaksiyon ng LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] community at iba pang naglabas ng posisyon sa issue, na universally kinondemn yung posisyon niya.
“Malaki ang problema ni Pacquiao kasi it’s going down. Hindi siya nag-stay doon sa periphery line.”
Most recently, Pacquiao was urged by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to delay his boxing match with Timothy Bradley so that he won’t have unfair advantage over the other senatorial candidates.
Casiple, a political analyst, agreed with Comelec’s position on Pacquiao’s much-publicized boxing fight a month before the 2016 national elections in country.
He explained, “Matagal na dapat niyang inatras ‘yan kasi very clear din ang Fair Elections Act at resolutions ng Comelec na if you are a public figure before naging kandidato ka, at ang profession mo physically enables you to be in the public eye palagi, dapat mag-suspend ka ng trabaho mo.
“Ganyan nangyari sa newscasters, actors [na candidates for election]. Nag-a-apply sa kanya yun.”
At any rate, Casiple suggests a possible option with regard to the international pay-per-view coverage of Pacquiao-Bradley’s April 9 match.
“Hindi naman siguro puwede ipahinto yung fight kasi sa labas ng bansa.
“Pero during the period, it should be prevented from airing dito sa bansa, para hindi siya magkaroon ng advantage over the other senatorial candidates.”