Are Pacquiao’s Pastor Pals Pimps for Jesus?

The money train has arrived. Protestant pastors have been flocking to join Manny Pacquiao's daily Bible studies at his mansion. When the PacMan first decided to change his lifestyle  and rid himself of "… distractions like drinking, gambling and girls" there were only two to three pastors attending his devotionals. Now as many as 10 preachers arrive every day and make themselves at home. They take a bath, sleep and eat and act like they own Manny's joint. Manny Prays

Are Pacquiao's pastor pals pimps for Jesus? A source close to the world's eight-division boxing champ told the Philippine Daily Inquirer    that these pastor's have been abusing Manny's kindness and generosity. 

“They are making our boxing idol a milking cow. The real Manny Pacquiao doesn’t know how to say no. But if they are real disciples of God, they should be ashamed of what they are doing,” the source said.

The source also stated that one pastor was given an I-Pad but didn't seem to be content with that. He asked  for a new vehicle. "Now," the source said, "he is sporting a brand new pick-up, courtesy of Manny Pacquiao." 

Another "man of God" asked for cash. One pastor abandoned his flock in Northern Luzon just to be with the boxer-lawmaker. 

And yet another preacher joined the Pacquiao team during the training camp in Los Angeles and asked for 36 tickets to the recent Pacquiao-Bradley fight. "The guy got what he wanted, " the source said. 

"I was the one so ashamed when he asked Manny Pacquiao to get eight hotel rooms for his family in the US." the source added.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer source, it was the first time that someone asked for 36 tickets and eight hotel rooms from the champ.

"Ask and it will be given to you." Jesus said in Matthew 7:7. These pastor "pals" have got that verse of Scripture burned into their brain. 

When the champion and his entourage arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) on June 16, after the controversial lost to Bradley, this same pastor was seen brandishing a big Louis Vuitton bag. 

"Now there are so many pastors. I wanna be a pastor, too," the source stated. Can't blame the guy. Looks like every Jim Bakker-Jimmy Swaggart-wanna-be is climbing aboard the champ's gravy train. 

The article goes on to report that another source is convinced that religion is the opium of the masses. "And the preachers are the pushers," the source added. "Before, we were expecting that these pastors would help or guide Manny Pacquiao towards the path of salvation. We didn't expect that they would abuse his kindness and generosity," the source lamented.

The poor, the source claimed, needed Pacquiao's help more than the pastors do. (At least someone has been reading their Bible.) "The poor people are more deserving to receive such blessings. I hope, one day, they would realize their mistake and that they would stop asking any kind of favor from Pacquiao,"  the source stated. 

Guess these "pastors' have forgotten what Jesus said in Luke 6:20: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God." Time to brush the dust off your Bibles, you so-called "holy men." Manny, time to show these boneheads the front door. 

DSCThe Author, Dave DeWall, is an online entrepreneur retired after 30 years of service with AT&T. He is a former member of Pentecostal churches for over 20 years. While not a Bible scholar, he has read the complete Scriptures, Old and New Testaments several times, cover-to-cover.

He has met the late Richard Dortch, former Illinois Assemblies of God superintendent and past president of PTL several times.  It was Dortch who first arranged to have church secretary Jessica Hahn recant her charges of sex with Jim Bakker. When that didn't hold water, he helped set up a secret $265,000 ''trust'' for Ms. Hahn, using PTL funds. Mr. Dortch spent time in a federal prison over that matter. 

Mr. DeWall has also attended several Jimmy Swaggart evangelistic meetings (before "the fall") and has met with Jimmy's son, Donnie,  at length. He has had personal experiences, none of the intimate kind,  with some preachers of "The Word" that only do harm to the Gospel. 

He now would be considered a full-fledged "backslider" since he does not attend any regular church services and drinks three to six bottles of San Miguel Pale Pilsen a week. However, he still holds a firm belief in Jesus Christ as his Savior and always will.

56 comments

  1. First of all…GREAT site! Love your writings.

    Second, religion has been the downfall of many people and many countries. Religion is causing the Philippines so many troubles. So sad.

    1. Thanks, Todd. The Catholic Church in the Philippines has been successfully fighting the passage of the RH Bill, Reproductive Health Bill, in the Philippines for years. The proposed legislation would guarantee universal access to methods and information on birth control (not abortion) and maternal care. As the population of the Philippines continues to skyrocket, the Church would rather bury it’s head in the sand and pretend problems do not exist. Thanks for the comment, Todd.

  2. Sounds like those “pastors” above are keeping themselves busy helping to “save” Manny from his money! Although I am a born and raised (baptized and confirmed) Catholic, I am no longer a big fan of Catholicism, but I am glad my adopted country is at least of a religious majority. Personally, I like to think I have retired from organized religion and have taken a more panoramic view of my faith.

    1. Randy, everyone in my Filipino family is of the Catholic faith. I was baptized Catholic, attended Lutheran churches as a young child, and attended Bible-believing churches for over 20 years starting at the age of 21. My wife and I no longer attend Mass. I, too, am glad that the Philippines has a religious majority, around 84% of Catholics, and you can still greet people with “Merry Christmas.” I have also retired from organized religion but still hold certain beliefs and always will.

  3. It would be hard to find a foreigner that loved the Philippines MORE than I do….the same….MAYBE…but not more. I truly truly love the Philippines.

    But there are certain OBVIOUS things that are hurting the Philippines and one of them is the power of the Catholic church. I am not religious, but I have a LOT of religious tolerance and my fiance is VERY religious.

    But when is the Catholic church in the Philippines going to realize the country does NOT NEED more 20 year old single moms with no money!!!???

    I also think the Bahal Na attitude, much of which comes from religious beliefs, also hurts the people of the Philippines.

    Like I said before….I truly love the Philippines and the people, and it is really difficult for me to see things go on that SHOULD be relatively easily fixed.

    What is going on with Pacquiao is an example of the higher ups just simply taking advantage of the general population. Just think, if the priest can do that with Manny, what do you think there power is over the average filipino.

    1. Some good observations, Todd, thanks. The Catholic Church does holds an enormous grip on the average Filipino.The Church will NEVER back down, in my opinion, regarding the RH Bill. Perhaps if they believe if the general population is kept uneducated, they will continue to let the status quo remain and keep their iron grip on them. My own asawa is Catholic and supports the RH bill. I have some other Catholic relatives in the Philippines that have stopped going to Mass. Frankly, they think “why bother?”

      I, like yourself, truly love the Philippines. Been here almost three years now and never plan to go back to the States to live. The Bahal Na, “fatalistic passiveness,” is extremely prevalent here. I do not know the solution. Politicians who do support the bill face enormous persecution from the Church and have been called terrorists for supporting it.

      1. Dave,

        The “Bahala na” is short for “Bahala na si Bathala” meaning it’s all up to God’s will. The Muslims have the same saying/belief “Inshallah” or if Allah wills. However, this belief is not deeply-rooted in the Catholic Church but was already prevalent in a pre-Catholic Philippines. This belief in the diety “Bathala” who wills and controls all things are the beliefs of pre-colonial settlers of the islands but carried on until Catholicism came up until this day. It’s an ancient belief in an unseen god/goddess.

    2. Todd, I may be wrong but my guess is that all the “pastors” that hang out with Manny are of the Protestant faith and not “priests”.

      1. Randy, the article did report that the “men of the cloth” following Manny are Protestant and not Catholic priests. However, some Catholic priests were given SUVs that they asked for under GMA’s rule.

  4. One of the things I love about the Philippines is their Catholic identity and I applaud the Church for sticking to their guns. A quick look at world history shows that the most effective way to reduce birth rate is through education and jobs, not contraception. Westerners like to believe that thw world’s social ills can be cured with a condom but alas this is not true. Harvard School of Public Health has done some interesting research on this phenomenon as it relates to Africa but the conclusions are applicable to the Philippines or anywhere else really.

      1. You’ll notice that I didnt mention abstinence…I mentioned jobs and education. πŸ˜‰ Go to inner city or rural America and you will find the same problems that the Philippines have yet these regions are ground zero for abortion clinics and free birth control. Dysfumction is not cured with a pill. I will also add that your point was used by Harvard when they were studying the failure of contrception in Africa.

          1. True but I am making a broader larger argument and referring to education in general not just sexual education. Increased education and employment are the most successful things to prevent the issues that the bill was designed for. The bill is just political theater that politicans all over the world take part in.

            A more cynical argument I could make to those who in favor of the bill is to ask if you think that in a culture where…lets just say…there are enough stories of life in the Phl on the blogosphere to ask thequestion if bc pills and condoms were rained on the Phl, do you really think they are going to be used? The evidence everywhere else including the US is that they will not. Any dysfunction in any given society isnt going to cured with a pill. Its white upper middle class wishful thinking.

            On my phone so sorry for any misspelling.

            1. Well, Steve, I don’t think condoms would make much of an impact either and most people couldn’t afford the bc pills anyway. I agree with you on that. I’m afraid the mentality among some of the male population here might be similar to young guys in the States. An expat friend of mine told me about one young Filipino guy he recently met. He was introduced by some Filipinas as quite the stud. The guy bragged about how many girls he had gotten pregnant. He never used a condom and never will. No amount of education is going to get through to a moron like that.

      2. Abstinence would not work in the Philippines, either Randy. At least half a million women a year end their pregnancies by illegal abortions in the Philippines. Here’s a link to that story.

          1. I think somebody missed my point. In a country that has always promoted sex (and denounced contraception), it becomes almost impossible to reverse those those learned desires simply saying “no sex”! Education is the key to family planning and that becomes the stimulus for understanding that abstinence is a valid and intelligent choice for birth control. You can’t encourage your friend to party with you every weekend and then simply suggest they attend AA meetings because you perceive them to have a drinking problem. The problem lies in the beginning, not the end.

            1. I agree with you, Randy. Education IS the key to family planning. Don’t assume for one moment that the average Filipino has the knowledge and education kids back in the States have because they don’t. The Department of Education has just added two grades to the system here. Whether that will help upgrade the general education level, I don’t now. The extra years will add more financial hardships to many poor families here. But all Filipinos have a right, I believe, to information about birth control so they can make those informed choices you speak of. Why does the Church want to deny them that right?

    1. I would like to state as a mostly Catholic person that your applause should be merely a single clap. They have not really stood firm in their doctrine. Recently the Pope has issued a decree that condoms are permissable for homosexual activities but not for heterosexual activities. So unless those condoms are dipped in Icy Hot or Ben Gay then it is promoting church sponsored homosexual activity.

      1. Well I take your mostly catholic comment under advisement but still clap with both hands. Mostly catholics love to pick apart every single thing the church does. I dont take their comments any more seriously than they do of the church.

        1. I will add that what you are referring to was in regards to male prostitutes in Africa spreading AIDS to male and female victims. No grand decree. No normalizing homosexual behavior. This is why I dont take mostly catholics seriously becuase they dont pay attention to what the Church is actually doing and only listen just enough to find something “wrong”.

          1. Sorry to see that you are such a closed minded individual but the announcement was made here in the Philippines by the bishops in regard to homosexual activity. I have nothing at all against the church as I am still considered a Catholic and attend mass at various monasteries. Since it is obvious that you have issued a few papal decrees in your time I will gladly give you a wide berth. Please excuse me if decline the offer of kissing your ring.

          2. I support all your points Steve. it is the duty of the Church to speak and defend matters that relate to faith and morals. I am glad that the Catholic Church has stood by the truth ever since no matter how unpopular their stance may be. As in the past, in due time, the Church will be able to vindicate itself. Long live the Church established by Jesus Christ, upon whom the gates of hell will never prevail.

  5. Dave,
    It’s sad that ministers have to take advantage of Manny. You would think they would be more honest and have better character. I guess there is corruption with them also. Have a nice day.

  6. Dave,

    Great write-up. I knew, in my guts, that this would happen to Manny. Most of them pastors are not from “organized protestant churches” but from the pragmatic and IMHO, more dangerous born-again sect. This is where fanaticism and religiosity have very thin lines. Similar to this, the Catholic Church have “El Shaddai” movement which is recognized by some priests but not officially by the Church. For me, he is better off with the Catholic Church than with his present groupies. At least, the Church have its own money and machinery that can support him politically. I also noticed a presidential election multi-loser, Bro. Eddie Villanueva (an ex-Communist turned Evangelist), hovering around him probably waiting for the right time to convince him to join his quasi-religious-political party.

    1. You’re probably right, Jonathan, that Manny would be better off with the Catholic Church than these current “groupies.” I’ve had plenty of experience with born again churches, having been a former member of different ones for over 20 years. There are a LOT of good born again people that belong to some great churches, but unfortunately, you always have those false prophets and false messiahs out there.

      1. Dave,

        I agree with you, there a lot of and majority of the members of any religious order are usually good people. But, when money comes into the equation, that’s another story.

        1. Yep, I’m in agreement, jonathan. The “LOVE” of money is the root of all evil and affects even those professions like politicians and preachers that are supposed to help us. Brings to mind the Scripture that it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God.

  7. Hi Dave,

    Wow! We have some more similarities in our thinking. I work so hard to steer clear of the political and religous discussions in everyday conversations. I worry not so much about going to hell but more that there is a pretty good chance that I will be standing shoulder to shoulder with all these damned religious scammers. (notice I got a profanity in with proper context) When people ask me to sing videoke I explain that my services are reserved for if I am sent to hell. I will be there to sing to the evangalists and missionaries as a extra punishment for their misdeeds. I am thinking it might be time to start my new church based on the teachings of George Carlin. Peace be with you and praise to the George!

    1. I know religion and politics are contentious topics, Tom, but the handbook for blog writers states that it’s good to stir up crap sometimes to boost website traffic. Well, it actually says “controversial posts” but I think “crap” suits my style better.

      Aren’t religious scammers some of the worst of hypocrites? I remember Jimmy Swaggart blasting Jim Bakker for his affair with Jessica Hahn while Jimmy was visiting that hooker in the motel. I just wish more of them could be like Billy Graham, the media has never gotten any dirt on Billy. I think he’s the “real deal.” Is Billy the exception? I would like to think he isn’t.

      I’ll leave with a quote from Carlin not at all related to this topic: β€œThe reason I talk to myself is because I’m the only one whose answers I accept.”

      1. I remember the time Jimmy was caught. I was out on the road at the time and a co-worker came running up to me at a gas station holding a pictorial of the woman that Jimmy was with. The woman was of Italian orgin and had a nice full back of hair. It stated that like Bill Clinton he did not fornicate with the woman but used alternative means to pleasure himself. After seeing the woman it is obvious why Jimmy was so tearful after being caught.

        1. I remember that photo, Tom. If you thought Jimmy was tearful then, you should have seen him at one of his meetings. He was a master at working the crowd and could turn the tears on and off at will like a faucet.

      1. Wow! I looked up the website and now I am almost converted. I will have to do further research to see if a festivus pole is used in December. I am pretty set in my ways when it comes to that!

          1. Festivus is a Seinfeld based religous holiday. Instead of a Christmas tree it is merely a shiny metal pole. After dinner comes the airing of family grievances and then wrestling. Pretty standard fare!

            1. Ok, Tom, now I remember Festivus. Just didn’t get the Seinfeld connection right away, I am 60 years old and had forgotten that episode. Back in the sticks where I grew up, Central Illinois, that wrestling was a fairly common event. We used to view “Wrestling from the Chase” out of KPLR Channel 11 in St. Louis every Saturday night and watch Cowboy Bob Ellis and Dick the Bruiser duke it out. Dad felt the need to reenact each match on Sunday morning with my two brothers and myself. I hated it when he rubbed our face in the carpet. πŸ™

  8. Thanks, Randall. I’m optimized with ads, have to pay those bills.

    The trouble with organized religion, Randall, is exactly what you stated. Human beings are in charge. I remember one pastor that always told us from the pulpit; “Look to Jesus. Don’t look to me.” Problem is, it’s hard not to notice when one of those “ambassadors of Christ” run off with the church secretary or the church funds, or both.

    You bring up a good point. It’s difficult for many Filipinos to “just say no” when someone comes around looking for help. I know my own asawa has loaned money in the past to relatives and friends that she couldn’t afford. I don’t think things will ever change. Looks to like Manny is definitely being taken advantage of. Thanks for the input, Randall. Look forward to your next visit here.

  9. Randall, funny thing – this week Dave is promoting the ministry while last week this site looked like a single man’s advertising page right out of hustler magazine. Dave will have to learn to keep his content optimized for Adsense! πŸ˜‰

  10. Hey There Dave,
    I was wondering on a similar note,, i respect him, his style, his heart, even his trash talk but…
    why is he the greatest?
    i have some in mind who can be considered the greatest…
    1. Rocky Marciano – undefeated during his entire career
    2. Sugar Ray Robinson – even Ali called him the greatest of all time
    3. Sugar Ray Lenard; Marvin Hagler; Roberto Duran – damn they made boxing fun to watch, and really made people wait for their matches
    4. Mike Tyson – youngest champion of all time
    5. Oscar de la hoya; Pacquiao; Roy jones – they made us thrilled and excited as a nation
    6. Evander Hollifield – allowing another fighter to bite his ear was really entertaining
    7. George Foreman – from retiring for a long time to being a pastor to being a champion to being an inventor.
    8. Bernard Hopkins – the boxer who always look unbeatable

    now tell me why Ali if not Ali… who?
    Thx.

    1. Thanks for the list, expat. I watched a lot of Ali fights growing up, my Dad was (and is) a big sports fan. Certainly Ali was one of the greatest of all time, no doubt about that.

    2. Pound for pound and based on the number of weight division titles he has accumulated, he will be considered one of the greatest fighters ever. He’s not done yet!

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