Ira Panganiban responds to bashers in his latest post

Former ABS-CBN reporter Ira Panganiban lamented on his recent post how some people crucified him for his letter to the LGBT community that went viral recently.

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Harsh comment from a netizen against Ira Panganiban

It can be recalled that in his letter to the LGBT community, the former ABS-CBN reporter called some people “bigot.” Bigot he says are those who cannot take the opinion of others and forces their belief on him. To get a better handle why he said this, please read the letter here.

In his recent post, Mr. Panganiban clarified that “the letter was not for same sex marriage, although he is known to be against it.” He further added that “it was a letter to address the bigotry of liberal thinking today.”

He said he has nothing against the LGBT community in general and he truly respects their right to live the life they want to lead.

However, there is this persistent sector of liberal society that says we have to all agree with what they want or else we are evil, he wrote.

That they can be what they want, but we can only be what we want if we agree with what they want. And that, my friends, is bigotry, Mr. Panganiban lamented.

Furthermore, Mr. Panganiban elucidated that he is not the type of person who look at the person by his gender or sexual preference but by the person’s talent and his work ethic.

I live and let live. I respect talent and hard work in anyone, gay, straight or angled.

He said what he cannot tolerate is bigotry. Telling him to agree with everything with his heart and soul to be socially acceptable is wrong.

“There are things we don’t agree to, and agreeing to disagree is the best way to live and let live,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Mr. Panganiban reminded trolls who solicited his opinion online to stop bashing his reply if they don’t agree with him.

But if you are fishing for compliments when you ask a question and don’t get the answer you need, don’t go bashing my reply because you solicited it.

With that being said, Mr. Panganiban wrote that there is nothing religious, sexual or gender about it, but plain bigotry.

On some comments by netizens that since Manny Pacquiao is a sports icon and a politician, he should strive to be politically correct and this is what Ira Panganiban has to say on this matter.

First, Mr. Panganiban said that Manny Pacquiao reached the pinnacle of greatness dues to his hard work and not because of the public. He said, Manny does not owe us anything for what he is enjoying now.

Second, on people saying that the youth look up to Manny Pacquiao and they are worried kids might go that way (referring to his stance on same-sex marriage) and not the way they guide them, Mr. Panganiban said that its not Manny’s problem, but how you raise your kids.

Third, on the fears of people that Manny might win a Senate seat and he might influence political policy against their campaign, Mr. Panganiban retorted that you are free to choose another candidate and not vote for Manny Pacquiao because that is the essence of a vibrant democracy.

Before ending his post, Mr. Panganiban wrote that he is a Christian he follows the teachings of the Bible and he is ready to defend his faith from attacks but he will not try to convert people to his faith.

Oh and lastly, I am Christian, yes, I follow the teachings of the Bible, yes, and I will defend my faith from attack. I will not try to convert anyone and this will dismay my Christian brothers, but I will stand by my faith.

Pease read the original post below for more details.

A lot has been said about my letter to the LGBT community. Most are in support, but still a lot have condemned me for what they perceive as their right to happiness and security.

Let me make it clear that that letter was not for same sex marriage, although I am known to be against it.

It was a letter to address the bigotry of liberal thinking today.

People will tell you that it is their right to be what they want.

And I respect that.

But there is this persistent sector of liberal society that says we have to all agree to what they want or else we are evil.
That they can be what they want but we can only be what we want if we agree to what they want. And that my friends is bigotry.
I live and let live. I respect talent and hard work in anyone, gay, straight or angled.

What I cannot tolerate is bigotry. To tell me that the only way I can be socially acceptable is to agree to everything with my heart and soul is wrong.

There are things we don’t agree to, and agreeing to disagree is the best way to live and let live.

But if you are fishing for compliments when you ask a question and don’t get the answer you need, don’t go bashing my reply because you solicited it.

And that is how I see the issue around Manny Pacquiao. Nothing religious, sexual or gender about it, just plain bigotry.

With regards to the comment that he is a sports icon and congressman running for senator so he should be politically correct?

First, he became a sports icon not because of the public, but because of his own hard work. Let’s not claim that part of his life as ours. We were not there during his long hard climb to success. We joined him at the top so, no that does not count in the argument.

You say the youth admire him and might emulate him and his “wrong look at things”? Well if you are worried your kids might go that way and not the way you guide them then you are raising your kids the wrong way.

That he is a lawmaker and might become senator is your fear? That you are afraid he might influence political policy against your campaign?

What are you saying? That he can only be a senator if he agrees to your thinking otherwise he cannot be one. Guess what, you don’t have to vote for him and you can campaign against him. That is part of the essence of a vibrant democracy.

Oh and lastly, I am Christian, yes, I follow the teachings of the Bible, yes, and I will defend my faith from attack. I will not try to convert anyone and this will dismay my Christian brothers, but I will stand by my faith.

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  1. June February 20, 2016

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