A lawmaker wants Canadian popstar Justin Bieber be declared “persona non grata” in the Philippines for making fun of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on photo-sharing service Instagram.
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YACAP party-list Rep. Carol Jane Lopez also made a call to ban Bieber from holding another concert in the Philippines after claiming the singer’s offensive photos also “insulted” Filipinos.
“What he did was out of line. He insulted Filipinos' hero in boxing,” Lopez said, urging the Filipino youth to boycott Bieber’s songs.
“Even if it wasn’t Manny he was insulting, it’s still unacceptable,” she noted.
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Lopez, a close friend of Pacquiao in the House of Representatives, said Bieber is an ingrate for posting the offensive photos, knowing he has a lot of Filipino fans following him on his social media account.
Hordes of Filipino fans went to see his Manila concert at the SM Mall of Asia Concert Grounds in May last year.
“It’s just right to ban him in the Philippines and boycott his songs. Lots of Filipinos buy his album and he is going to treat them this way?” the party-list representative added.
“He needs to know that he insulted someone who is loved by Filipinos,” she noted.
On Sunday, Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Pacquiao just before the end of the sixth round, during their fourth rematch.
Bieber mocked Pacquiao’s loss to Marquez by posting altered photos showing the defeated Pinoy boxing icon on Instagram.
One of the photos showed Pacquiao doing Michael Jackson’s signature leaning dance move.
Lopez said it was inappropriate for Bieber, a known fan of American boxing sensation Floyd Mayweather Jr, to take the fighters’ rivalry too personally.