Lea Salonga set the Twitter world abuzz recently with her tweet about the celebration of Independence Day in the country. "Our country is not yet debt-free, poverty-free, crime-free, or corruption-free. So what are we free from exactly and why do we celebrate it?" she posted on her official Twitter account @msleasalonga last June 11, 2015.
Twitter user @tismejason replied to Lea's tweet asking the Broadway star if there's any country in the world that is free from anomalies saying, "@MsLeaSalonga Please name a country that is free from crime, debt, corruption and poverty." Lea responded, "@tismejason Touché. But how many to the degree that it is here at home? It's scary to think about."
Meanwhile @ragingbulex commented, "@MsLeaSalonga only stupid people will like this tweet. you're family is not perfect so what's your reason to be proud of them?" Lea tweeted in response, "@ragingbulex Your. Not you're. Before you wipe the dirt off my face, you may wanna look in a mirror at your own."
Twitter user @kentaryll on the other hand pointed out that Independence day is about celebrating freedom from the colonizers. "@MsLeaSalonga our celebration is about being free from the colonizers, not being free from the major maladies of the country." Lea commented, "@kentaryll Indeed, we are independent from the colonizers that once lorded over our country. But I can't celebrate just the same. #JustMe."
Meanwhile Twitter user @jennarationWP commented, "@MsLeaSalonga yung nakakalabas tayo ng walang takot at may kalayaan. I guess doon pa lang Ms Lea ay masasagot na yang katanungan mo." To which Lea responded, "@jennarationWP Unless you're a journalist always worried that at any given moment you'll be offed by a bullet or two.”