Solons want Justin Bieber to apologize over ‘distasteful’ Pacquiao remarks
Solons file a resolution asking Justin Bieber to issue a public apology over his 'distasteful remarks' against Manny Pacquiao

APOLOGIZE. Lawmakers want a public apology from Justin Bieber. File photo from Bieber's Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines — Sarangani Rep Manny Pacquiao was quick to forgive Canadian pop star Justin Bieber over “distasteful comments” he made on Instagram, but his colleagues believe the famed boxer deserves a public apology.  

Seven representatives filed House Resolution 2962 asking Bieber to issue a public apology over his Instragram posts. They are Carol Jayne Lopez (Yacap party-list), Seth Jalosjos (Zamboanga del Norte), Amado Bagatsing (Manila), Antonio Alvarez (Palawan), Mark Aeron Sambar (PBA party-list), Alfredo Garbin, Jr. (Ako Bicol), and Isidro Lico (Ating Koop party-list) 

“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 resolution read. 

“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 added. 

Bieber posted the memes in question after Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez defeated Pacquiao via knockout on December 9. 

Bieber is friends with American boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who has been critical of Pacquiao in the past. 

In a press conference upon his arrival in the Philippines on December 12, Pacquiao said Bieber and all his other critics should be forgiven.   

Sabi nga sa kautusan ng Panginoon, pray for those who persecute you,” he said. 

“So we will pray for them. Patawarin natin sila,” he added.