VANCOUVER – Netizens expressed disgust over what they call an insensitive comment made by a Canadian on the tragedy that claimed the lives of thousands of Filipinos.
Canadian Jax Cote issued an apology in her Facebook wall after a huge backlash from netizens around the world on a post she made on her account.
At the height of super typhoon Yolanda, Cote said the world was getting rid of a lot of Filipinos, adding it was God's way of cleaning house.
But in her apology a week after, Cote admitted she made the comment because she had a bad experience with a Filipino family.
Still, she added that it was not an excuse for the nasty remark and she is saying sorry to those affected by the horrific ordeal.
Cote's initial post generated a lot of haters online.
"On time of this typhoon, it's not a good comment. It's insensitive," said Nena Konath.
Elena Barcenas said "Dapat magbigay siya ng something na prayer o what in a good words hindi na sana siya nag-comment ng kung ano".
Filipino LGBT group, Pinoy Pride Vancouver, was saddened to hear Cote's comment.
"We were really shocked especially with her background that she's a part of the LGBT community, I would assume that she would be understanding, what discrimination and hate statements sound like," said Gary Lising, co-chair of Pinoy Pride Vancouver.
The tragedy is personal for Lising who lost four relatives in the typhoon, including his grandmother, Soledad Mendiola, a Canadian citizen.
Thirteen of Lising's other relatives survived.
"You know, we have a choice today to either focus on this hate statement or we focus on the lives of people that we lost. My personal choice is to focus on to celebrate the life that we lost," Lising said.
Despite his loss, Lising said he will forgive and accept.
Meantime, the Lighthouse of Hope Christian Fellowship, who received several hate emails, said Cote is not a member.
In a statement on Facebook, Pastor Dylan Crozier said they do not support her comment and have called a day of prayer for the victims.