LEA SALONGA Offers Explanation Regarding Controversial Facebook Post
Lea Salonga made headlines last week following a controversial Facebook status she posted which earned mixed reactions.
In the now deleted post, the acclaimed performer aired her frustration over the issues our country has been facing. "Dear Pilipinas, putang ina, ang hirap mong mahalin," she wrote.
Lea was superb in Saigon—Lea was great in Les Miserables. She was perfect as Jasmin—she was stellar as Mulan.— Francis Baraan IV (@MrFrankBaraan) June 16, 2020
But among the roles Lea played—I love her playing HERSELF the best—a world-class singer using her pitch-perfect voice on tone-deaf issues.
I STAND WITH @MsLeaSalonga!💟 pic.twitter.com/UO8O2HB4dM
The post garnered both praise and criticism from social media users. Now, Coach Lea is breaking her silence regarding the matter. In a lengthy Twitter thread, she explained that she was gravely misunderstood. "Hi, gang. It seems a recent Facebook post of mine has gotten quite a bit of attention and launched all sorts of... I don’t even know what word to use, so I thought to use this platform and this space to offer some clarification in the hope that I’m more clearly understood."
Lea also said that she holds herself accountable for the things she said: "Regarding the post itself, yes I stand by every single word I wrote as an expression of my frustration with certain events currently taking place in our country. However, contrary to what some of you might believe, I never, NOT EVER, cursed the Philippines."
"To serve her is one of my greatest honors. To be able to hold my head up high and say, “Yes, I am Filipino” representing the hundreds of millions of brethren both here at home and all over the world is a source of pride and pleasure."
Lea also apologized for her choice of words which according to her were used as an outburst. "So, to further clarify, I didn’t say p- i- mo, or p- i- ka. If that was what I meant, I would’ve been explicit in my expression. My p- i- was aimed at no one in particular, and was used only as an outburst, a cry. My apologies if I hurt your feelings with my choice of words."
"If after following this post you still decide to cuss me out, you’re well within your right to do so. I totally understand and get that you’re doing it as one tasked to protect our country from anyone that dares to desecrate it. Know though that that was not my intent," Lea continued.
In the end, the MYX Magna awardee extended her gratitude to her supporters. "To my fans and friends that have my back, you have no idea the amount of appreciation I hold in my heart for your tireless efforts to explain my side of things. Thank you so much. You will always have my gratitude. Okay, that’s all for now. Please enjoy the rest of your day." See the full thread below:
Hi, gang. It seems a recent Facebook post of mine has gotten quite a bit of attention and launched all sorts of... I don’t even know what word to use, so I thought to use this platform and this space to offer some clarification in the hope that I’m more clearly understood. 1/— Lea Salonga (@MsLeaSalonga) June 22, 2020