- Sen. Pacquiao was confused if NYC Chairperson Aiza Seguerra should be addressed as Mr. or Mrs.
- Seguerra told him that she is not yet a Mrs.
- She had long come out as a transgender
MANILA, Philippines – For a moment, Sen. Manny Pacquiao was confused on how to address newly-sworn in National Youth Commission Chairperson Cariza Yamson Seguerra, popularly known as Aiza Seguerra, on Thursday, August 18, during the Senate hearing on the government’s campaign against the illegal drug trade.
According to an article published by Philippine Daily Inquirer, Sen. Pacquiao asked Seguerra: “Karamihan ng na iinvolve sa droga ngayon ay ang ating mga kabataan. Ang tanong ko doon sa National Youth Commission. Alam na natin sa bansa natin bawal na ang droga. Ano ba ang gagawin natin para ma-encourage mga youth natin, para maibaling yung focus sa bisyo nila, instead na magbisyo sila dun sa ibang baga.
Anong aksyon na ang nagawa n’yo po, Mr… Mrs… Mr… Seguerra?”
[Most of the people involved in illegal drugs are our youth. My question is for the National Youth Commission. We are aware that illegal drugs are prohibited. What should we do to encourage our youth, to shift their focus away from their vices, and to instead focus on other activities?
What actions have you done, Mr…. Mrs… Mr… Seguerra?]
Seguerra, who had long come out as a transgender, answered: “Senator Pacquiao, hindi pa po ako Mrs.”
[Sen. Pacquiao, I’m not yet a Mrs.]
Seguerra tied the knot with the incoming chairperson of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP), Liza Dino, in the US last year, and in January in a “symbolic ceremony” in Batangas.
Last February, she was one of the people who slammed Sen Pacquiao over his statement in an interview with “Bilang Pilipino,” wherein he said same-sex couples are worse than animals.
According to an article published by Philippine Entertainment Portal, Seguerra emphasized after the Senate hearing that what happened that time was a thing of the past.
“Magkakaiba man kami ng (Although we have different) opinion, as long as may (there’s) mutual respect, I don’t see any problem,” she added.