By Ronnie Nathanielsz
A group of fans who support eight division world champion Manny Pacquiao burned a collection of Nike shoes at the parking lot of the historic Cebu Coliseum with the video going viral on the Internet.
The video, which ran lasted some 2 minutes and just over 40 seconds, was uploaded by a man identified as Oriel Ballano and was viewed initially as many as 131,260 times It had 2,610 likes and generated 787 comments.
The Cebu Daily News reported that the man holding a pair of Nike shoes said “Burn the Nike sole for the soul,” before putting the shoes on a collection of Nike shoes on what looked like a metal tray.
Another man then poured gasoline from a plastic bottle and set the shoes on fire on the parking lot of Cebu Coliseum along Sanciangko Street, Cebu City.
While the shoes were burning, the man on the video explained that their group did not hate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group, which bashed Pacquiao over his remarks which described same-sex couples as being worse than animals. Nike, due to those statements, distanced themselves by eliminating their business relationship with Pacquiao.
He reiterated, “Again, we don’t hate LGBT people, we hate their agenda. The Nike shoes drop out their support to Manny Pacquiao as endorser. Today, in response, without hatred, we show, we burn these shoes to show our support that gay marriage is not right.”
The man on the video added, “But again we love all the gays, all the lesbians but we don’t like their agenda .Burning these shoes is just one way to show that we Christians can also be loud. We will not keep quiet while they are laughing at us and being controlled by a few.”
“No! Love and righteousness, love and righteousness and we show support to righteousness by burning these. it’s a sign that we show righteousness.” The man also thanked those who believed that Philippines should be saved from immorality.
The man said “Philippines is for Jesus,” while his audience cheered and clapped