Nagbigay ng pahayag si Gab Valenciano tungkol sa isyu kay Manny Pacquiao at sa same-sex marriage na naging malaking usapin ngayon.
Umani ng batikos si Manny, partikular mula sa LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community, matapos magpahayag ng di pagsang-ayon sa same-sex marriage.
Unang tinalakay ng anak nina Gary Valenciano at Angeline Pangilinan ang kontribusyon ni Manny sa Pilipinas bilang champion athlete.
Ipinost ito ni Gab sa kanyang Facebook account noong Miyerkules, February 17:
“The man is a legend. He has inspired millions through his battles, both through victory and defeat.
“Only God knows how much he has given back to the community, emotionally, spiritually and financially.”
Ayon pa kay Gab, hindi perpekto si Manny at may mga kakulangan din; halimbawa rito ang naging pahayag niya tungkol sa same-sex marriage, na ikinagalit nga ng LGBT community.
“We also know that he isn't the brightest man on earth. And that his speech and diction are grade A meme machines.
“At the end of the day, despite the best of intentions, he had no idea what he was saying and hurt people. A lot of people.
“Sometimes legends make huge, earth-shattering mistakes (MJ, Kobe), but I strongly believe he shouldn't be dismantled after everything he's done for so many people.
“Years of sacrificing his body for the greater good of Filipinos all around the world should not equate to his downfall by a single mistake.”
Hindi rin nangimi si Gab na sabihing hindi siya pabor sa pagiging public servant ni Manny (bilang incumbent Sarangani representative at ngayo’y tumatakbo bilang senador) o maging ang pagpasok nito bilang basketball player/coach sa PBA.
Pahayag niya, “Very disrespectful of the craft and hard work of much more deserving lawmakers and athletes. So much power. So much influence. So little guidance.”
Gayunpaman, kaugnay ng isyu ng same-sex marriage, nakiusap si Gab sa publiko na patawarin na ang boksingero.
“The man apologized. Let us try to forgive him.”
ON RELIGION. Nagbigay rin ng kanyang opinyon si Gab tungkol sa pagkakadamay ng mga miyembro ng LGBT community pagdating sa relihiyon, dahil isang Christian si Gab; gaya ni Manny, hindi rin sila pabor sa same-sex marriage.
Gayunpaman, bilang artista, maraming kaibigan si Gab na miyembro ng LGBT community.
Nagpahayag si Gab ng kanyang pakikiisa sa kanyang kapwa Christians, kabilang si Manny, sa paniniwala kay Kristo.
Gayunpaman, hinimok niya ang kanyang mga kapanalig na lawakan ang pang-unawa sa mas malalim na kahulugan ng kanilang pananampalataya.
“But please take a moment to remember what it means to be part of the human race as well. Not everyone believes what we believe and that's okay. Relax.
“It doesn't matter which ‘God’ you choose to serve. Which religion you decide to pursue. Which race you belong to, or in this case, which gender you prefer. It doesn't and shouldn't matter.
“Judgement belongs to Christ and Christ alone. Who are we to judge people who simply and sincerely just long to love others?
“If you feel ‘these people’ have wronged you or God in any way, let them handle it.
“Stop being annoying. Stop meddling. Share the word, yes. Force it down their throats, no.
“I would much rather dine with a sincerely gay person than a sincerely hypocritical Christian. There shouldn't be any exemptions.”
Ayon pa kay Gab, hindi siya sang-ayon sa relasyon o pagpapakasal ng magkaparehong kasarian, pero nirerespeto niya ito.
“I will say this now with pride (without prejudice), I am not for same-sex relationships / marriage as it directly opposes my entire faith-based ecosystem. But I have found it in my heart to respect it as a part of planet earth.”
Hindi na rin daw mahalaga kay Gab kung punahin siya sa kanyang paniniwala.
“My walk is my walk. And I choose love.
“The moment you choose to love unconditionally will be the moment you free yourself from any sign of judgement, indifference and/or ignorance.
“Just let love win, on all fronts, so we can all experience lives worth living for.”