Manny Pacquiao wears Arab costume after 'Eat Bulaga' controversy

Congressman Manny Pacquiao wore an Arab costume a week after two Eat Bulaga hosts got criticized for their controversial Halloween costumes.

On Saturday, November 7, the Filipino boxing icon and politician posted on his Instagram account a photo of him and his wife, Sarangani Province vice governor Jinkee Pacquiao, which was taken prior to a charity event at Yas Marina Circuit in Dubai.

In his caption, Pacquiao said: "I'm wearing the national outfit for men here in Dubai. Of course my wife looking beautiful as always."

The picture of Pacquiao donning the traditional Arabian clothing for men quickly went viral over the weekend, garnering over 59,000 likes on IG.

He wore it in just less than a month after comedians and television hosts Joey de Leon and Tito Sotto wore Muslim outfits during the October 31 episode of GMA-7's noontime variety show "Eat Bulaga."

Netizens criticized their Halloween costumes. The local government of the Autonomous Region in Muslm Mindanao (ARMM) also demanded a public apology from the producers and hosts of the entertainment program.

"This display betrays an insensitivity by these hosts, as they equated the Muslim garb as a costume to be feared, in the way that zombies and ghouls are to be feared," ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman said in an official statement. "What Eat Bulaga did in its Halloween Special was a mockery of and an affront to the image of the Muslim, apparently in the name of entertainment."

Sotto, himself a politician, defended his attire. In an IG post, he said the thawb was given to him by a sheikh and that he was not making fun of any culture or religion.