MANILA - The son of former Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial on Tuesday said he will not apologize for doing his duty as a Filipino in criticizing Sen. Manny Pacquiao on social media.
"Senator Pacquiao asked me for an apology, and I will indulge him with one. I apologize for being too young, and for being too brash," Karl Ubial said in a Facebook post.
"I will not however, apologize for doing my duty, being a citizen of this country. I will not apologize for being a voter— the voice of one amidst the voice of a multitude. I will not apologize for being a Filipino," he added.
During Ubial's confirmation hearing at the Commission on Appointments Tuesday, Pacquiao brought up Karl's Facebook post that criticized the senator for supporting the death penalty bill.
"And then hindi mo naman siguro alam dahil busy ka masyado pero siyempre pangit naman na ikaw nandyan sa DOH, secretary, and then yung pamilya mo magcomment ng bad against the administration. Especially, sa aming mga senators," Pacquiao said.
"Siguro pagsabihan na lang natin si Karl na hindi na mag-comment kasi pangit naman na your job…sa DOH and then may mga comment na masama doon sa ibang leader ng bansa, especially sa administration," he added.
The senator brought up a screengrab of Karl's post, which read: "Only God can judge Marcos. Supports judgment through death penalty."
The post was a comment on a news article "Pacquiao says no one but God can judge ex-Pre Marcos."
Pacquaio explained why he filed a bill seeking to create a "National Bible Day" while also supporting the death penalty bill.
"Si Karl nag-comment siya dun sa, I just want clarification for this kasi hindi maintindihan ng tao, kasi nag-file ako ng bill ng Bible holiday and nag-file din ako ng death penalty. So parang kung titignan mo, if you don’t have complete knowledge, you will not understand," he said.
Pacquiao claimed that the death penalty, if implemented by a government, is based in the Bible.
"Hindi tayo individually nag-iimpose ng death penalty kundi ang government, which is established and instituted by God. Whoever rebels against the authority rebels against what God has instituted," he claimed.
Karl said his mother's legacy will live on even if the CA has rejected her appointment as health secretary.
"My mother will walk out that hall— jobless, and vacated from a career that she worked hard for from the ground up. She accepted the risk when she accepted the appointment — that the risk was higher for her because there was no job waiting for her upon her rejection, yet she fought," he said.
"She fought hard."
"I wish not to anyone to feel how it was growing up as her son, waking up not where she is, sleeping ahead of her, and wondering why we would move from place to place. I've been to more than five schools, spanning Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, just because my mother loved what she did. And for so long, I couldn't understand why she did it, but as I grew up— I understood."
"She wanted to make this country a better place."
"Has the Commission of Appointments tarnished my dream nor my mother's reputation? Not one bit. As a democratic voice, I believe Secretary Ubial's legacy will live on, from the Hopeline to Tobacco Cessation. As will the Dr. Ubial from her grassroots career in Kidapawan," he said.