Fans and supporters of Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao want Canadian singer Justin Bieber to issue a public apology for mocking Manny Pacquiao in his Instagram post following Pacquiao's stunning knockout loss to Juan Manuel Marquez last Dec. 8.
Fan's demand for public apology from Bieber has reached the halls of Philippine congress after about seven congressmen filed a proposed resolution banning the Cabadian enteretainer from entering the Philippines.
"Mr. Bieber should have known that the Hon. Pacquiao has reached his stature as such as a result of sheer hardwork, determination, and firm belief in God, and despite such stature best exemplifies humility and grace even despite defeat," the lawmakers said.
In filing House Resolution 2962 , the lawmakers demanded that Bieber issues an apology “for the distasteful comments” he made after the bout, “lest he be declared persona non grata.”
"Should he refuse to do so, Mr. Justin Bieber be declared persona non grata and thus should not be allowed to enter the country at any time in the future," the resolution stated.
Interaction.com writes: The resolution came following Bieber’s meme posts on Instagram showing the photograph of Pacquiao flat on the stomach after being knocked down by Marquez'
In one photograph, a photoshopped image of the Disney character Simba was seen leaning over Pacquiao, with the caption, “Dad wake up.”
Another showed Pacquiao’s photoshopped image that made him appear in a leaning pose, imitating the famous strut of the late singer Michael Jackson, captioned, “Pacquiao doing the lean with MJ. Classic moment.”
Bieber is a known supporter of Pacquiao's potential foe Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who recently recently issued some words of encouragement for Pacquiao following his defeat against Marquez.
"I wish Pacquiao nothing but the best. I wish that he can bounce back and he can recoup from this," said Mayweather in a report via Fytehype. Read more:
Pacquiao has shrug off Bieber's "distasteful" comments on his defeat, saying Bieber and other critics should be forgiven.
The boxer simply said he would pray for Bieber, au.ibtimes.com writes.