World champion boxer Manny Pacquiao has called a trans murder victim a ‘fraud’.
The Filipino five-time world title holder commented on the murder of a 26-year-old trans sex worker Jennifer Laude.
On 11 October 2014, Laude was slain by US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton in a motel room in Olongapo City.
He admitted to strangling Laude to death but claimed his actions were in self defense after discovering she was a transgender woman.
Pemberton was found guilty of homicide with ‘mitigating circumstances’ in the death of Laude and was sentenced to 10 years in jail.
Commenting on the death that saw widespread attention in both the Philippines, the US and around the world, Pacquiao said trans people are ‘deceivers’.
He said Laude was a ‘guy dressed up as a woman’ and used that to ‘deceive’ Pemberton into having sex with her.
Pacquaio said: ‘Jennifer knew his sexual orientation and gender identity. [She] was a fraud. But if there was a crime, it was Pemberton.’
However, the boxer did say it was ‘never an acceptable defense’ and you should never ‘murder a fellow man’.
In February 2016, Pacquiao described gay people as ‘worse than animals’.
‘Animals, then, are better than humans [in that sense]. They know how to distinguish males from females,’ he said.
‘If people then engage in male to male, female to female relations, then they are worse than animals.’