LOS ANGELES, California — After hearing the news that the Philippine’s House of Representatives has declared him ‘persona non grata‘ for mocking People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao on his Instagram account, the Canadian pop sensation has issued a public apology via an impromptu press conference here in his Hollywood condominium.
House Resolution No. 2962 was filed in the Congress to declare Canadian singer Justin Bieber “persona non grata” in the Philippines for allegedly mocking People’s Champ Manny Pacquiao in his Instagram account. Bieber will be declared “persona non grata” if he won’t issue a public apology.
(from Umagang Kay Ganda, 12-18-12)
“To all the Filipino people around the world who were insulted or offended by the photos I uploaded on my Instagram account a few weeks ago, I am sorry,” said the teary eyed Bieber. “It was not my intention to insult Mr. Pacquiao, let alone a country full of obsessed, narrow minded boxing fanatics.”
Bieber said that upon hearing the news of being declared ‘persona non grata’, he decided to issue a public apology right away, because he wanted to come to the Philippines “oh so badly”.
“Philippines is on the top of my list of countries I would love to visit,” he said. “It is on the top spot, number 1 actually. Even surpassing Hawaii, Costa Rica, Bahamas and even Antartica.”
“During my concert there last May of 2011, my managers told me that the Philippines is known for their hospitality, and taught me how to say ‘I love you’ in their native tongue and to answer ‘adobo’ when asked what my favorite Filipino cuisine is.”
“What I didn’t know was that this hospitality they have shown was conditional, and subject to revocation. So again, I am sorry.”
Bieber ended the press conference saying, “To the Philippines, please allow me to come back because a singer as popular as me, has so much to lose by not being able to visit your country. Please?”
In other news, Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies has also issued a similar resolution, declaring all Filipinos ‘persona non grata’ for mocking Mexican boxers who were defeated by Manny Pacquiao in the past.