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Anti-gay boxer Manny Pacquiao wins senate seat

Manny Pacquiao will win one of the 12 senate seats up for election in the Philippines despite being an anti-LGBT proselytizer.

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Manny Pacquiao is now a senator.

The anti-LGBT boxing legend, who has been a congressman in the Philippines since 2010, is currently seventh in a field of about 50 candidates running for 12 seats in the country's senate.

From ESPN.com:

With a little more than 94 percent of the vote counted, Pacquiao was in seventh place with 15,319,491 votes, according to Filipino news site Rappler.com.

The Filipino senate has 24 members with 12 seats up for election every three years. The top 12 vote-getters will be elected to six-year terms, and Pacquiao was nearly 3 million votes ahead of the 12th-place candidate, who had 13,579,603 votes, according to Rappler.com. Pacquiao was running in a field that had about 50 candidates vying for the 12 seats.

Regardless of the bad math, Pacquiao is still ahead by 1.8 million votes.

Earlier this year Pacquiao said gay people were less than animals, following that up by posting a Bible verse saying gay people should be put to death. That prompted Nike to give Pacquiao the boot.

The San Jose Mercury News wondered aloud today if Pacquiao is headed for the presidency in his home country. That would suck.