Robin Padilla's eldest daughter has defended the "Pilipinas Got Talent" judge after he insisted that a Korean contestant should learn Tagalog first before auditioning -- saying that her father is not racist. Queenie Padilla spoke out after her father sparked mixed reactions from fans of the talent show when he refused to talk to Kim Jiwan, a magician, unless he spoke to him in Tagalog.
On the Instagram account of Queenie Padilla, she explained that her dad meant not to disrespect the Korean national Jiwan when he called him out for not learning Tagalog despite living in the country for most of his life. "Calling my father a racist is wrong," she began her note. "My father called Jiwan 'anak' and hugged him. Is that an act of racism?" She also downplayed the harsh tone Robin used, sharing that the action star sounded no different from when he was disciplining her and her siblings when they were kids.
"It's not because my dad is hating on him; my dad just expected more from him since he grew up in the Philippines," she wrote. In trying to explain why her father got riled up, Queenie pointed out that he may have found Jiwan's improper way of asking for his help insulting. She was referring to when the Korean national Jiwan asked Robin, "Can I use you?" as he tried to showcase his sleight of hand tricks. "That in itself is disrespectful whether or not my father is who he is, Jiwan is younger than him," she reasoned. "We should show respect to our elders. The right way would have been to ask, 'Can you please help me?'
The Pilipinas Got Talent judge Robin Padilla give a meaningful message on his post to his personal account on Instagram. This after how the citizen criticised him on how he acts towards the 20-year old Korean national who audition in Pilipinas Got Talent (PGT) Saturday night of January 13. On his Instagram post Robin Padilla, with the picture of Apolinario Mabini and the flag of Katipunan he says: "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. (Filipino Hospitality is far different from slavery and stupidity... Love your country, your countrymen and of course your language first before loving another language, nationality, and country.)" He added "Always fight for your freedom to gain respect, never allow a foreign power to intimidate you in your country just because they are rich. Be a proud Filipino!!! Mabuhay ang lahing kayumanggi!! Mabuhay ang Tagalog Republic!!!"
The audition of the Korean national Kim Jiwan was very popular due to the alleged criticism of the PGT judge Robin Padilla. The Korean national is more than 10 years staying in the country and did not know yet how to speak in the native language which is Filipino. Padilla said to Jiwan "Mag-Tagalog ka muna bago mo ako kausapin, (Speak first in our native language before talking to me.)" Later the judge Robin Padilla said to Jiwan "Pasensiya ka na kasi mayroon akong kakilalang Koreano, si Ryan Bang, na mas magaling pang mag-Tagalog sa akin, (I'm sorry because I have known a Korean national, Ryan Bang who speaks our native language better than me.)"
The comment of Robin Padilla garner different reactions in the social media after the talent show. Other viewers of the show find it offensive and racist or looking down other nationalities. But some show support to the PGT judge Robin Padilla, just like a British blogger, who consider the Philippines as his second home.
But the PGT judge Robin Padilla stand on the words he said to the Korean national. He said "Wala akong pinagsisisihan kasi ako pumupunta din ako sa ibang bansa. Kapag pumupunta ako sa ibang bansa, pinipilit kong malaman kung anong salita doon kasi bisita ka doon. Ikaw ang makikibagay, (I regret nothing because I am also visiting other country. When I am visiting other country I made sure to know their native language because I am a visitor. I am the one who will blend in.)" He said further "Kung pupunta ka dito sa Pilipinas at uutusan mo kami, at Iinglesin mo kami, sa banyagang pananalita, nagkakamali ka. Bayan ko ito at handa ako mamatay anytime para sa bayan ko.
Kaya kung sasabihin mo sa akin na 10 taon ka na dito, at hindi ka pa rin marunong mag Tagalog, may problema ka, (If you went to the Philippines and gives us command English, using a foreign language then you are wrong. This is my country and I am willing to die anytime for my country. So if you are saying that you are already staying for 10 years now in here yet you still did not our native language then there is a problem with you.) According to the judge, there is no need to adjust to a foreign national who is already staying for decades in the country. He said "Hindi mo puwede sabihin sa akin na mahal mo ang Pilipinas. Sabi niya mahal niya ang Pilipinas, may girlfriend siyang Pilipina pero hindi siya marunong mag-Tagalog? (You cannot tell that to me, that you love the Philippines. He said you love the Philippines, you have a Filipina girlfriend but then you do not know our language yet.)"
Padilla insisted that he only gives advice to the contestant just like a father to his son. He said "Hindi ko naman siya inaaway. Sinabihan ko lang siya na parang tatay niya. Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Ako parang tatay mo. Tandaan mo iyan, (I did not scold him. I just reprimanded him just like a father to him. I told him I am just like a father to you, remember that.)" Despite the incident the Korean national was able to get three approval to the judges including Robin Padilla. The viewers will surely watch for the next meeting of Robin Padilla and Jiwan in PGT.
The "Pilipinas Got Talent" host Billy Crawford described the encounter between judge Robin Padilla and Korean Jiwan Kim as tension-filled, especially when the action star insisted the contestant should speak in Tagalog. Crawford was asked about the episode, which aired last Saturday. He said "Nakaka-tense! Matatakot at matatakot ka talaga... Alam mo, racism, sexism, and all that happen around the world, sa buong bansa. Kung gusto niyong makakita ng tunay na racist, e, punta na lang kayo sa Amerika. (Super tensed! You will be frightened really frightened. You know racism, sexism and all that happen around the world, all over the country.
If you really want to see a real racist, then you should go to America.)" The 35-year-old performer, who lived for a time in the United States and France, added, "I've experienced discrimination, I've experienced so many things." He continued: "So, tayo lang naman ang medyo napapa-react paminsan-minsan, dinadamdam natin. Si Kuya Binoe, ang pinalabas lang naman niya ay payong ama, di ba? ‘Di ba, niyakap niya ‘yung contestant after? It's understood na, kunyari ako ang nakagawa nun at binawi ko rin sa dulo at niyakap ko, at sinabi kong, ‘Welcome to the Philippines.' Hindi pa ba sapat ‘yun?"
Crawford was referring to the moment during Kim's performance when Padilla, who eventually voted "yes" to the contestant, clarified he was only giving fatherly advice and offered a hug. "Ako kasi, naintindihan ko si Kuya Binoe, at naintindihan ko rin ang contestants," Crawford said, when asked for his reaction to how Padilla interacted with Kim. "May mga taong sang-ayon, may mga taong hindi. So, sa sariling opinyon na lang. Pero sa akin, of course, ang inaalagaan namin ni Toni ay ang contestants," Crawford added, referring to his co-host Toni Gonzaga.
"Kasi, bago pa sila sumalang, galing sa amin. Pagkatapos nilang sumalang, babalik sa amin. We just want to be there, just to show support to the contestants." Crawford concluded: "Kung anumang nangyari kay Kuya Binoe at dun nga sa isang contestant, that's between them. So I can't speak on Kuya Binoe's behalf and I can't speak on the contestant's behalf."