Lawmakers push for Bieber ban in PH

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao said he has already forgiven Canadian pop idol Justin Bieber for the singer's posts that mocked his loss on photo-sharing service Instagram last week
 
But the Sarangani lawmaker's colleagues in the House of Representatives still won't get over the incident until Bieber say he’s sorry for the "distasteful comments" he made after Pacquiao-Marquez IV.
 
In House Resolution No. 2962, YACAP party-list Rep. Carol Jane Lopez even asked the House leadership to declare Bieber "persona non grata" should he refuse to issue a public apology to Filipinos.

Earlier: Lawmaker seeks Bieber ban
 
"As his colleagues in this august body, it is incumbent upon us to demand an apology from Mr. Justin Bieber lest, we declare him persona non grata in this country," the resolution stated.
 
Manila Rep. Amado Bagatsing, Palawan Rep. Antonio Alvarez, and Zamboanga del Norte Rep. Seth Frederick Jalosjos co-authored the resolution, which was filed on Monday morning.
 
Pwersa ng Bayaning Atleta party-list Rep. Mark Aeron Sambar, Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr., and Ating Koop party-list Rep. Isidro Lico also signed to support the piece of legislation.

They said Bieber should have been more circumspect and prudent in the expression of his views "more particularly because just like the Hon. Pacquiao, he is supposedly also being idolized by the youth."
 
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The lawmakers also demanded the apology on behalf of the people of Sarangani province, whom the singer "has indirectly hurt and insulted when he made his distasteful posts."

Lopez, a close friend of Pacquiao in Lower Congress, admitted being insulted when Bieber said American boxing sensation Floyd Mayweather Jr. had nothing to gain in fighting Pacquiao.
 
"Floyd has never in his professional career lost a fight and Pacquiao lost his last two fights… If Floyd wins, it's not that big of a deal (because) it would be his third loss in a row," Bieber said earlier.
 
"And if he (Mayweather) loses, he's gonna ruin his legacy. Either way, there's no big win for Mayweather... Mayweather is boxing," he added.

Related story: Despite defeat, Pacquiao gets praises from fellow House members

The resolution came a few days after Pacquiao said he has already forgiven critics like Bieber.
 
“Sabi nga sa kautusan ng Panginoon, pray for those who persecute you. So we will pray for them. Patawarin natin sila,” Pacquiao told reporters.

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