- Senator admitted making the comments on 22-year-old American woman’s Instagram livestream
- He however said he did not intend any malice with the comments
- He also said it was the woman who actually reached out to him first
MANILA, Philippines – It was just a friendly conversation, people.
Sen. Manny Pacquiao had this to say after appearing under public scrutiny again after his comments on the Instagram livestream of a young American woman went viral.
According to the senator, he did not mean any malice when he commented on 22-year-old Arzaylea Rodriguez’s video.
“Lahat naman puwedeng makipagusap sa amin wala namang malisya doon [Everyone can talk to us, there’s no malice in that],” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
While Pacquiao admitted it was him who made the comments, he said it was actually Rodriguez who reached out to him first.
“Ako ‘yan. Actually pag-open ko ng Instagram nakita ko live so pinindot ko. Nakita niya Manny Pacquiao joined live so nag-hello siya,” he said.
[Yes, it was me. When I opened Instagram, I saw she was live, so I clicked. She saw Manny Pacquiao joined live, so she said hello.]
“Tapos tinanong niya ako, ‘Are you in the Philippines?’ Kaya sabi ko ‘Where are you from?’” he added.
[She asked me, ‘Are you in the Philippines?’ That’s why I asked, ‘Where are you from?’]
A known womanizer during his heydays in boxing and whose habits publicly strained his marriage with his wife Jinkee, Pacquiao claimed to have turned over a new leaf after converting into a born-again Christian and is now an active pastor.
His comments on Rodriguez’s video received mixed reactions, with some joking that the senator was going to his old ways and others saying he’s not doing anything wrong.