Robin Padilla finds ally in British national on Pilipinas Got Talent controversy

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Part of the British national's open letter to actor Robin Padilla reads (published as is): "You were never racist at all, as some Filipinos have claimed. In fact, truly wish other were able to be outspoken and stand up for their beliefs in a very clear and passionate manner."


Isang British national ang pumuri at sumuporta sa pangangaral ni Robin Padilla sa isang Koreano na sumubok mag-audition sa January 13 episode ng ABS-CBN show na Pilipinas Got Talent.

Nag-viral at pinag-usapan ang audition ng Koreanong si Kim Jiwan, na nag-perform ng magic, dahil pinilit ito ni Robin magsalita ng Tagalog at pinangaralan pa.

Sa short interview ng Pilipinas Got Talent judges na sina Robin, Vice Ganda, Angel Locsin, at Freddie Garcia, sinabi ni Jiwan na sampung taon na siyang naninirahan sa Pilipinas.

Bagamat ipinanganak siya sa Korea, dito na siya sa Pilipinas lumaki.

Hindi lang daw siya natutong magsalita ng Tagalog dahil nag-aral siya sa isang international school.

Hindi pinalampas ni Robin ang sitwasyon para pangaralan si Jiwan sa kakulangan nito ng kusa sa pag-aral ng Tagalog o wikang Filipino.

Tumanggi rin noong una si Robin mag-participate sa magic trick ng Koreano, kaya si Angel muna ang humalili. Pero kalaunan ay nagpaunlak na rin ang aktor.

Matapos ng act ng Koreano, humingi na sa kanya ng paumanhin si Robin at sinabing parang tatay lang siyang nangangaral.

Kaugnay nito, binatikos ng marami si Robin sa social media.

Kinondena ng ilan ang pagpapahiya ng aktor sa telebisyon sa Koreano, at may tumawag pa kay Robin na “racist.”

Ngunit pinanindigan ni Robin ang kanyang ginawang pagsermon sa Koreano.

Paliwanag ng aktor, “Wala akong pinagsisihan kasi, ako, pumupunta din ako sa ibang bansa at pag pumupunta ako sa ibang bansa, pinipilit kong malaman kung ano yung salita dun, kasi bisita ka run, e. Ikaw ang makikibagay.

"Kung pupunta ka sa Pilipinas at uutusan mo kami at i-Inglesin mo kami sa banyagang pananalita, e, baka nagkakamali ka, kasi bayan ko 'to.

"Bayan ko 'to at handa akong mamatay anytime para sa bayan ko."


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May mga netizens namang nagsabing "false nationalism" ang kay Robin.

Hindi raw sa pananalita lamang ng Tagalog nakikita kung may mabuting intensyon ang isang banyaga.

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ROBIN FINDS AN ALLY. Sa gitna ng mga batikos na natanggap, nakahanap naman ng kakampi si Robin sa isang Briton na nagngangalang Malcolm.

Nagpadala ng open letter si Malcolm kay Robin upang purihin ang “patriotism” ng aktor.

Sinang-ayunan ng British national ang paniniwala ng Filipino actor na dapat mag-adjust ang isang foreigner na matagal nang namamalagi sa bansa.

Nakaposte sa Instagram wall ni Robin ngayong Lunes, January 15, ang larawan nila ni Malcolm na naka-Duterte fist sign pa.

Narito ang kabuuang mensahe ni Malcolm kay Robin (printed as is):

“I just thought I would write to you personally to congratulate you on your patriotism and love that have shown for your country.

"As I am sure you are aware, like you, I love the Philippines very much. 

"In fact, my greatest dream would to one day become a Filipino citizen as well as (of) course retain my British nationality as I love both countries equally.

“I have watched the clip of Pilipinas Got Talent several times where a Korean national is performing a magic set as part of his audition to the judges.

“The contestant explained that he had grown up in the Philippines but had not learnt Tagalog as he attended an international school.

“To me, this is not really an excuse. If you have grown up in the Philippines and clearly called the Philippines your home, you should at least make some effort to learn the language.

“When the Korean national got into his act, clearly he can in fact understand and speak a little tagalog.

“I believe your intention were just to coax it out of him a little. In fact, you are a comedian too and in a way was just having a little fun, whist making a valid observation.

“I know you very well that you love the Philippines and your fellow countrymen very much. I would like to thank you personally for being there fo Filipinos across the globe.

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“You are an incredible ambassador for the country and a much loved icon on Philippine cinema.

"Thank you also for supporting President Rodrigo Duterte, who like yourself loves the Philippines and her people very much.

“You were never racist at all, as some Filipinos have claimed.

"In fact, truly wish other were able to be outspoken and stand up for their beliefs in a very clear and passionate manner. 

“Mabuhay ka sir at maraming salamat po.”

"Respectfully yours,

"Malcom”

"An Open Letter to Robin Padilla Dear sir, I just thought I would write to you personally to congratulate you on the patriotism and love that you have shown for your country. As I am sure you are aware, like you, I love the Philippines very much. In fact, my greatest dream would to one day become a Filipino citizen as well as course retain my British nationality as I love both countries equally. I have watched the clip of Pilipinas Got Talent several times where a Korean national is performing a magic set as part of his audition to the judges. The contestant explained that he had grown up in the Philippines but had not learnt Tagalog as he attended an international school. To me, this is not really an excuse. If you have grown up in the Philippines and clearly called the Philippines your home, you should at least make some effort to learn the language. When the Korean national got into his act, clearly he can in fact understand and speak a little Tagalog. I believe your intentions were just to coax it out of him a little. In fact, you are a comedian too and in a way was just having a little fun, whist making a valid observation. I know you very well that you love the Philippines and your fellow countrymen very much. I would like to thank you personally for being there for Filipinos across the globe. You are an incredible ambassador for the country and a much loved icon on Philippine cinema. Thank you also so much for supporting President Rodrigo Duterte, who like yourself loves the Philippines and her people very much. You were never racist at all, as some filipinos have claimed, in fact I truly wish others were able to be outspoken and stand up for their beliefs in a very clear and passionate manner. Mabuhay ka sir at maraming salamat po. Respectfully yours Malcolm”

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Umani naman ng favorable comments mula sa followers ng aktor ang post na ito sa wall ni Robin.


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