Ban Justin Bieber, says PH lawmaker
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - A call has been made for Canadian singer Justin Bieber to be declared "persona non grata" in the Philippines for allegedly mocking People's Champ Manny Pacquiao in his Instagram account.
Yacap party-list Rep. Carol Jane Lopez is urging Congress to officially ban the Canadian singer from ever setting foot in the country after he posted allegedly insulting photos of Pacquiao on the Internet.
Lopez also urged the Filipino youth to stop listening to Bieber's songs and to stop going to his concerts. Bieber last held a concert at the SM Mall of Asia on May 2011.
The party-list lawmaker said the series of photos from Bieber about Pacquiao were hurtful to all Filipinos who admire the boxing champ. The photos showed Pacquiao's prostrate figure alongside personalities such as Michael Jackson and Simba, the cartoon lion from The Lion King.
Lopez said Bieber's photos were a personal affront since the Canadian singer is a known supporter of Pacquiao's rival for the pound-for-pound crown, American boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Bieber earlier said Mayweather has nothing to gain from fighting Pacquiao after the Filipino champ lost his last 2 fights.
He later said he does not believe that loyal fans will abandon him for his boxing opinions.
Mayweather earlier urged Pacquiao to bounce back from his defeat to Juan Manuel Marquez.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, said he will pray for Bieber.