MANILA — Music superstar Regine Velasquez on Thursday thanked fans who came to her defense amid a row with Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and radio host Ben Tulfo, but urged them to instead focus on forgiveness, as well as efforts to help protect the environment.
In a series of tweets, Velasquez wrote: “Hi guys, gusto ko lang magpasalamat sa pagtatanggol niyo sa ‘kin. Pero isantabi na po natin ito at humahaba na nang humaba.
“Salamat sa pagtatanggol niyo sa ating karapatang ihayag ng malaya ang ating mga saloobin. But for now let us all focus on healing and forgiving each other.”
Velasquez had criticized Locsin over his dismissive remarks on reports of mass harvesting of clams by Chinese vessels near Scarborough Shoal.
The “Pangako” hitmaker’s comment — which emphasized the issue as being related to the environment and not, in Locsin’s words, “just f**king food” — then became the target of Tulfo’s tirades in his radio program early this week.
“Sa ngayon,” Velasquez tweeted on Thursday, “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-saan. Maging responsible tayong lahat at magtulungang panatilihing malinis at maganda ang ating kapaligiran.”
Without mentioning Locsin, she went on: “I answered a tweet that for me was disrespectful to all of us but didn’t realize 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.”