Lea Salonga sorry for comments on DepEd’s tattoo module


International broadway singer Lea Salonga has apologized for her comments about a module of the Department of Education (DepEd) about tattoos and their meaning.

The singer initially called out DepEd for a module that supposedly showed that tattoos were a sign of being a criminal.

“I am this close to getting a tattoo if only to prove a point,” she said in her initial post.



The other choices for answers in the module were that tattoos were a sign of slavery and having low-standing in society.

Days after calling out DepEd, Salonga also took to social media to apologize for her earlier comments, saying the discussion was on Philippine History.

“Turns out that the context of that page was such: the discussion was on Philippine History and on the significance of tattoos in our culture,” the Tony Award-winning singer said in a Facebook post.

She added that the correct answer was that tattoos were a symbol of beauty and courage and not of being a criminal.



“For my part in this, allow me to apologize. I just want for our kids to get as good an education as they can get,” she said.

After apologizing, the singer said she feels that “someone out there wants to make someone else look incompetent.”

The DepEd has repeatedly been called out for errors in self-learning modules as the education system shifted to distance learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“So, in my amateur opinion, someone out there wants to make someone else look incompetent. Covering up a big part of the page and making it look like the answer key was marking the wrong letter as correct. For my part in this, allow me to apologize. I just want for our kids to get as good an education as they can get.”



“As for the saboteur, there’s a special place in hell for the likes of you,” she added.


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