Lea Salonga never thought that her short posts on Twitter would also be part of the current controversy surrounding the March 12 episode of Willing Willie.
"I've been on Twitter for the last couple of years. And honestly, whenever I express an opinion about something, someone, or anything, usually people cannot just let it go.
"But something like this was something that I could not have ever anticipated. Never ko inakala na maging ganito and I was very surprised. I'm like, 'Okay, let's just see what happens now,'" she said.
It can be remembered that the Tony-winning Filipino actress was one of the celebrities identified by TV host Willie Revillame as having bashed him and his variety-game show on TV5. (CLICK HERE to read related article)
This is in connection with the Willing Willie episode where a tearful six-year-old boy performed a "macho-dance routine" and was rewarded with P10,000 during its "Wil Time Big Time" segment. (CLICK HERE to read related article.)
At the BaliKaBayani concert, which was organized for the overseas Filipino workers last night, April 14, at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, many reporters who covered the event patiently waited for Lea backstage for an interview. Lea was one of the performers at the concert.
When the singer-actress came out of her dressing room, she told the media that she'd be limiting the questions she's going to answer. However, she responded to all questions from the media.
Lea said she made those posts on the micro blogging site because she felt the need to comment on the incident.
"Well, we only reacted on our gut," she said. "I saw the whole thing, I saw the entire thing, and it's like, 'Okay, this just doesn't feel comfortable.' And I have to say something.
"It's not against the person. You can go back and read my tweets. It's criticizing a situation and an instance.
"It's my opinion, and I'd like to think that perhaps when the show comes back, it will be used as an avenue for change beyond donations and money.
"Money is not the only way we can change things. You know, there's putting up schools and employment opportunities, and foundations—there's a whole lot."
NOTHING PERSONAL. In the April 8 episode of Willing Willie, Willie Revillame questioned the celebrities who critized him, asking on the air if they had given anything to the poor.
"Ano ang nagawa ninyo? Ano ang nagawa ninyo sa sambayanang Pilipino?" he said on-air. "Kapwa tayo artista. Nakagawa ba kayo ng tulong? Nagbigay ba kayo sa Bantay Bata ng one million [pesos]?" Willie was referring to donations he had given to Bantay Bata.
Lea admitted she was surprised with this attack from the TV host. However, she said she would not take it personally.