Speaker on Bieber: Let's not meddle

If he had it his way, Speaker Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte Jr. would punch Canadian popstar Justin Bieber "in the face" himself.

But wearing the hat of the highest official in the House of Representatives, Belmonte thinks it's not worth getting into.

"That's just the sort of thing we're talking about: People should say whatever they want. And I don't think that amounts to libel," Belmonte said.


Related News: Lawmakers push for Bieber ban in PH


"I'd like to punch him myself in the face (for making those comments) but I don't think it's something that Congress should be getting into," the House speaker noted.

Belmonte issued the statement after foreseeing the approval of a House resolution that demanded public apology from Bieber, who earlier made fun of Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on Instagram.

Bieber, who successfully launched his concert at SM Mall of Asia concert grounds in May 2011, altered several photos of Pacquiao, who was seen lying face down after losing his latest match last week.


Related News: Lawmaker seeks Bieber ban


On Monday morning, YACAP party-list Rep. Carol Jane Lopez and six others urged Lower Congress to declare Bieber a "persona non grata" should he refuse to apologize to Filipinos for his actions.

"It may actually get approved here. It's very hard to stop (a resolution like that) but it's more like a statement of sentiment than anything," Belmonte told Yahoo! Southeast Asia.

"But I, personally, am not all jumping into that... It should be Manny's press people who should do the attack, not Congress," he added, throwing a slight jab against Pacquiao's camp.


Other News: RH bill-U.S. massacre comparison slammed


A few days after Pacquiao’s loss, the Filipino boxing icon's camp featured in the headlines for allegedly beating a photographer who tried to take his picture after getting knocked out in Las Vegas.

Belmonte urged lawmakers not ride on issues concerning the way other people, Filipino citizens or not, prefer to exercise their freedom of expression.

"We're not any (penny ante) place. We have great prestige and importance as a body like the US Congress. I couldn't imagine that the US congress would do a thing like that and even us ," Belmonte said.

"It's just public opinion. We are pro-Pacquiao here, we love him... but we cannot step in if people are exercising their own freedom of expression," he added.

"That should not be an issue of the state," he noted.


Other News: Christmas 'just the same' for Pinoys this year

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • What can void a new car warranty? James Deakin - Wheel Power
    What can void a new car warranty?

    "I was denied warranty once for changing my horn!" One very annoyed reader wrote. "I was told that placing a backup camera will void my warranty" said another. The others are best left in my private inbox as Yahoo! have a swear jar in the office that I do not feel like donating this week's pay to. Continue reading → …

  • Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources VERA Files - The Inbox
    Docu exposes destruction of PH marine resources

    By Kiersnerr Gerwin B. Tacadena, VERA Files “Gutom (hunger),” Sen. Loren Legarda said is what’s in store for the Filipino people if destruction of the country's marine resources is not stopped. Legarda, chair of the Senate committee on Environment and Natural … Continue reading → …

  • ‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark VERA Files - The Inbox
    ‘Yolanda’ fiberglass boats modern-day Noah’s ark

    By Jane Dasal, VERA Files If you want to save the earth, build a boat. That's what a group of environmentalists is saying, especially if you want to save both the forests and fishermen affected by supertyphoon “Yolanda” (Haiyan). “Haiyan … Continue reading → …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options