Senator Manny Pacquiao and newly-appointed National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Aiza Seguerra finally crossed paths at a Senate hearing held this Thursday, August 18.
To recall, Aiza strongly criticized Manny when he condemned same-sex marriage at the start of the campaign period for the 2016 elections last February.
The then Sarangani representative issued a public apology to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community who were offended by his statement.
But despite the controversy, there was reportedly no trace of ill will between Senator Pacquiao and Aiza when they exchanged words during the Senate hearing on drug killings.
According to the report of Philippine Daily Inquirer, the only awkward moment was when Senator Pacquiao quizzed Aiza about how the latter plans to address illegal drug use among the youth.
Apparently, the senator was momentarily confused about how he should properly address Aiza, who has long since admitted to being a transman.
Senator Pacquiao reportedly asked Aiza, “Anong aksyon na ang nagawa n’yo po, Mr… Mrs… Mr… Seguerra?”
Aiza simply responded, “Senator Pacquiao, hindi pa po ako Mrs…”
In an interview after the Senate hearing, Aiza clarified that he doesn’t harbor any ill will towards Senator Pacquiao at all.
“It’s a thing of the past,” said Aiza, referring to his previous word war with Senator Pacquiao.
The singer-turned-NYC chair added, “Magkakaiba man kami ng opinion, as long as may mutual respect, I don’t see any problem.”