PGT: Robin Padilla reacts to 'racist, rude' criticisms forcing Korean to speak Filipino


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MANILA, Philippines - Veteran actor Robin Padilla has responded to 'racist and rude' criticisms after he obliged the Korean contestant of Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT) Season 6 to speak Tagalog [Filipino] during the audition episode aired on Saturday, January 13.

Robin Padilla reacts to 'racist, rude' criticisms forcing Korean to speak Tagalog
Pilipinas Got Talent judge Robin Padilla. Screengrab from ABS-CBN/PGT YouTube video.

Padilla was slammed online after South Korean Jiwan Kim, 20, who's living for several years in the country was allegedly shamed by the actor. Netizens pointed out that Filipinos who are joining talent contests in other countries are being treated fairly.

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In an Instagram post, Padilla claridied that "Filipino Hospitality is far different from slavery and stupidity..."

"Mahalin mo ang bayan mo at ang lahi mo lalo ang wika mo bago ang lahi at wika at bayan ng dayuhan," he said.

"Always Fight for your freedom to gain respect never allow a foreign power to intimidate you in your country just because they are rich," Padilla added.

In the end of the post, he emphasized: "Be a proud Filipino!!! Mabuhay ang lahing kayumanggi!! Mabuhay ang Tagalog Republic!!!"


Meanwhile, PGT judge Vice Ganda has similar views with Padilla.

"It is your social obligation to learn the language of the Philippines since you're living the country for many years now," Vice told Jiwan.

Despite the language conflict, Padilla sincerely apologized and voted 'yes' for Jiwan. Vice Ganda and Angel Locsin also gave him a green light to proceed to the next level of the competition. Judge Freddie M. Garcia (FMG) was not convinced on his performance.

Do you agree on Robin Padilla's statements? Tells us in the comments.

— The Summit Express

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