MANILA - An emotional Yeng Constantino took to social media to air her sentiments on issues concerning the LGBT community in the wake of the controversial statement made by Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
This, after a Twitter user pushed her too far to "take a stand against homosexuality" as a Christian, just like what the boxer and senatorial candidate did.
"Sa mga hindi nakakaalam, Kristiyano ako pero may kapatid akong bading," Constantino said on Facebook.
The hit-maker said that while it may be easy for others to air their comments on same-sex marriage and the LGBT community, it never was the case for her and her family.
"Alam po namin 'yung pakiramdam na masaktan sila, umiyak sila. Nasaksihan po namin mula [pagka]bata hanggang ngayon," she said.
"And for someone na gusto ako i-encourage to talk like that about my brother, hindi ko kayang gawin iyon," she said.
Constantino, wife of Pastor Victor 'Yan' Asuncion, said that not all Christians share Pacquiao's views on homosexuality.
"In behalf po sa LGBT community, hindi po ako si Manny Pacquiao, pero believe me or not, hindi po lahat ng Kristiyano ganoon ang tingin sa inyo," she said.
"Marami lang po diyan na tahimik at takot na baka sila naman ang tirahin ng kapwa nila Kristiyano," she added.
Constantino said she had already talked to her brother about the issue, who told her in response that he was hurt by Pacquiao's comments.
"Sabi ko na nga ba masasaktan siya e," she said.
Constantino said she reassured her brother that not everyone has a negative view of LGBT people.
"Ayaw kong maniwala ka na ganyan ang pagtingin sa 'yo ng mundo, ng lipunan," she said. "Dahil hindi 'yun totoo. Mismong ako na kapatid mo, hindi ganoon tingin ko sa 'yo."
"Ako nga, may pagmamahal sa kapatid ko, paano pa si God, di ba? Paano pa 'yung Diyos e siya 'yung love. Ako siguro 'yung pagmamahal ko sa kapatid ko, kakarampot lang kompara sa pagmamahal ni God for him," she added.
Yeng's message to LGBT's and 'growing' Christians
Video: About LGBT issue. Dahil sa isang tweet napasagot tuloy ako. Pero salamat na din. peace to everyone.
Posted by Yeng Constantino on Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Constantino also apologized to the LGBT community in behalf of "growing" Christians.
"Sorry po in behalf of Christians who are still growing in compassion," she said.
She added that LGBT people should never let themselves be defined by what others say about them.
"Huwag niyo hayaan na i-define kayo ng mga sinasabi na condemnation ng mga tao," she said. "I believe that God believes in you and God loves you."
As for the Christians who keeps on pushing her to take a stand against LGBT's, this is Constantino's message:
"Sa mga Christian naman po na gusto akong mag-take ng stand against homosexuals, hindi ko po pupuntahan ang route na 'yun.
"I believe na ang binigay po sa akin ng Panginoon na ministry is a ministry of reconciliation.
"Kung si Jesus nga po, 'yung ine-extend na hand sa atin ay compassion and love, ganoon lang din po 'yung kaya kong ibigay. Kasi ganoon lang 'yung ibinigay sa akin ni God.
"I remember the times na sobrang nagkakasala ako, pupunta ako kay God.
"Love lang naman ang binabato sa akin ng Panginoon," she said.