Regine Velasquez is putting behind her the controversy caused by her comment to Foreign Affair Chief Teodoro “Teddyboy” Locsin Jr. on what some people deem an “issue.”
In a series of tweets posted late this week, the singer said that even though she was only for protecting the environment, she didn’t mean to speak ill of the diplomat.
The brouhaha began when Velasquez expressed dismay at Locsin’s tweet about reports of harvesting of giant clams by Chinese vessels near Scarborough Shoal.
“I am not going down in history as a clam defender, okay? It’s a complaint; we’re looking into it; but these are just…food; no one goes to war for clams (maybe Oysters of Locquemariaquer) but they just happen to be OUR food. They should pay for them like in fish market,” Locsin wrote.
Velasquez replied: “Ang akala ko pa naman matalino ka. Ako ay simpling tao lamang na may simpleng pagiisip. These people are invading our territory they are not just taking food sinistral nila ang ating karagatan!!!!”
On hindsight, the songbird realized her remark about Locsin was “disrespectful.”
“I answered a tweet that for me was disrespectful to all of us but didn’t realise that I was disrespectful of him too. I’m not proud of that. But still this is about people destroying Mother EARTH. It’s the only one we have and so let us love and protect Her,” she said.
She thanked fans who praised her tweet, and urged them to do their share in protecting nature.
“But for now let us all focus on healing and forgiving each other. Sa ngayon I think mas makakatulong tayo kung gagawa tayo ng isang bagay para sa ating kalikasan kahit maliit na bagay lang……. Ang hindi magtapon ng basura kung saan san. Maging responsible tayong lahat at magtulungang panatiliing malinis at maganda ang ating kapaligiran,” she said.
Husband in defense
Unfortunately, Velasquez has earned the ire of some people, including broadcaster Ben Tulfo.
A known supporter of the Duterte administration, Tulfo lashed out at the singer for criticizing the government over its South China Sea stance.
“Ngayong nanay na, you know, siguro hindi na matanggap ‘yung kanyang career na medyo dwindling na,” Tulfo said on his public service program “Bitag.” “Make sure na may laman ang utak mo. Make sure alam mo ‘yung isyu and you can talk about it. Hindi mo ito balwarte. ‘Yung kaalaman mo, itago mo na lang.
“’Pag ikaw ay isang entertainer, entertainer ka lang. In the world of entertainment, ang trabaho mo ay magbigay aliw sa pamamagitan ng pagkanta,” he added.
Following Tulfo’s remarks against Velasquez, her husband Ogie Alcasid offered him “his cheek.”
Alcasid said on Twitter: “After you have maligned my wife I ask that you focus on me. She is after all a lady. God bless you sir.”
The broadcaster replied to Alcasid’s message. “I am not here to hurt anyone. I am talking with sincerity and truthfulness. this is a serious issue. Tell your wife to focus in her career. Please, not Foreign relations and issues. I do respect you and your wife.”
The singer-songwriter ended their Twitter exchange by saying he likewise respect his views.
“Thank your for your reply and your sincere advice. I respect your view on these matters also. God bless always,” Alcasid said.