Netizens slam Robin Padilla for pushing Korean contestant to speak Filipino

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 14) — Netizens hit actor and "Pilipinas Got Talent" judge Robin Padilla after he told off a Korean contestant for his inability to speak Filipino.

During last night's episode of the talent show, 20-year-old Kim Jiwan asked the actor to help in with his card trick.

But Padilla refused, saying the Korean should speak the local language.

"Iho, Pilipinas Got Talent. Magtagalog ka kasi magmumukha kaming katawa-tawa kung mag e-English kami dito para sa'yo. Pilipinas Got Talent. Magtagalog ka, iho," the actor said.

[Translation: Son, this is Pilipinas Got Talent. Speak in Tagalog first because we will become a laughingstock if we speak in English just for you. This is Pilipinas Got Talent, speak in Tagalog.]

Actress and Padilla's co-judge Angel Locsin came to the rescue, and coached Jiwan.

Netizens slammed the actor for how he treated the Korean.

Robin, WTF is your problem?! This foreign guy clearly wasn’t raised here. You’re no different from Americans who tell immigrants to speak English bc it’s America. And news flash! The PH is a melting pot of cultures - American, Spanish, Chinese, you name em. So STFU! #PGTisLife

— jr (@juanrayramos) January 13, 2018

Some commended Locsin for helping the contestant.

Padilla eventually hugged and shook Jiwan's hand when he was able to speak in mixed English and Filipino, with Locsin's help.

The Korean magician also apologized to the judges, and said he will learn to speak the language.

"Sorry for my lack of Tagalog. I do apologize, Robin, again for my lack of Tagalog. I promise next time I will learn," Jiwan said.

Padilla also made amends with Jiwan, and said he was just rebuking a son.

"Pasensya ka na anak ha, anak na rin kita. Nadisiplina ka lang ng tatay mo. 'Yun na lang ang isipin mo. Nadisiplina ka ng tatay mong Pilipino," Padilla said.

(Translation: I'm sorry, son, you're now my son. Your father just disciplined you. Just think of what happened as this: You were rebuked by your Filipino father.)

Padilla also posted on Instagram late Saturday, encouraging people to love their own country and race.

"Always fight for your freedom to gain respect never allow a foreign power to intimidate you in your country just because they are rich," the actor added.

Jiwan got into the next round of the talent show.