MANILA—Imelda Papin's daughter on Sunday defended her mother from accusations of being a traitor to the country for singing "Iisang Dagat."
The song, uploaded by the Chinese embassy in Manila last week, was presented as a call for unity featuring the aid China sent to the Philippines to help combat the coronavirus pandemic.
But many Filipinos saw its lyrics, such as "ikaw at ako'y nasa iisang dagat," as an insult instead, citing how aggressive China has been in claiming sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea.
Maffi Papin said her mother, one of the two Filipino singers who took part in the "Iisang Dagat" project, had the "purest of heart and intentions" when she agreed to lend her voice to the song.
"We love the Philippines and the Filipino people!" Maffi wrote on her Facebook, after deleting a previous post wherein she threatened those posting scathing remarks against her mother, as quoted by Push.
Her post was an apparent reaction to the criticisms of her mother, who is also the vice governor of Camarines Sur, being a traitor to the country, and in it she claimed: "We have helped, served and saved countless numbers of lives of our kababayans.
"The Philippines belongs to the Filipino people!"
"May God Bless us all, Heal this entire world and shower us with all the Love in this world!" Maffi added.
She also told the Manila Bulletin in an exclusive interview that, for her, "Iisang Dagat" did not contain any lyrics that would be considered insensitive to the issue on the West Philippine Sea,
She maintained that it's "all about unity."
According to her Facebook profile, Maffi is currently residing in Las Vegas, where she is pursuing law studies. She is also a beauty queen.