MANILA -- It was just last week when a random user on Instagram criticized Mariel Rodriguez for choosing to give birth in the US.
She was called out for being "hypocritical" considering how much her husband, Robin Padilla, has been preaching nowadays about the importance of nationalism, especially among young people.
And while Rodriguez appeared happy to just ignore the threats of being reported to officials for allegedly her illegal practice of going to the US just to give birth (their first child was also born in the US), Padilla was not about to let it slide.
On Tuesday, Padilla came to the defense of his wife and lashed out at the user, who describes himself as an enthusiast of the history and culture of the Philippines' history on his profile.
He denied the illegality of their decision to have their baby born in the US as Rodriguez is an American citizen, and that he supposedly has an Native American lineage.
He also argued that having the baby born as a Filipino-American does not mean that they are turning their back on the Philippines.
"Ang pagiging Filipino-American ay hindi pagtataksil sa Inangbayan lalo na ang asawa ko ay US citizen at ako naman ay may lahing Native American. Mas Amerikano pa kami sa inyong pa Inglis-Inglis at nakatira diyan sa Estados Unidos," he wrote.
He added: "Mas Pilipino pa kami sa kanino man dahil sa lola ko pa lang na si Gabriela Silang ng Abra at sa lolo ko na Kapitan Pablo ng Nueva Ecija ay lumalangoy na kami sa pag-ibig sa bayan na ito."
"Ang babata pa ng mga opinyon ninyo at puro na puna at paghusga. Wala kayong pakialam sa asawa ko dahil Amerikana siya at karapatan at kalayaan niya ang magpakasarap sa Amerika at karapatan ko at kalayaan ko magpakamatay dito sa Pilipinas!"
"Wala kayong mga magawang tama subukan ninyo magligpit ng kama ninyo at ipaghanda niyo ng almusal mga magulang niyo. If you can't say or do something positive to others, at least do something good for yourself."
It is unclear whether the follower actually lives in the US, or if he is a Filipino.
Rodriguez flew to the US earlier last month, saying that their decision to have their second baby born in the US is "what's best for our children."
She first revealed her second pregnancy last May.