Universal Records Philippines (UR Philippines) on Monday took to social media to clarify it had nothing to do with the Chinese Embassy-produced music video, "Iisang Dagat."
"Universal Records Philippines would like to clear that we are not in any way involved in the track 'Iisang Dagat.' Contrary to what is included in the YouTube caption, the company did not participate in the production and promotion of the said song," its statement began.
The music video, released over the weekend, showcased the help that the Philippines received from the government of China in response to the COVID-19 threat.
Written by Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian, the song was performed by Chinese diplomat Xia Wenxin, Camarines Sur Vice Governor Imelda Papin, Filipino-Chinese singer Jhonvid Bangayan and Chinese actor Yubin.
Released by Chinatown TV, it thanked, among others UR Philippines.
In its statement, UR Philippines explained that they received an invitation from Chinatown TV to help in the song's promotion, which they respectfully declined it.
"The inclusion of the company name on the aforementioned caption was posted without our consent, and has therefore misled audiences with our non-participation in the project," UR Philippines continued.
Earlier on Monday, Papin denied being a traitor to the country. “Hindi puwede maging traydor ang isang Imelda Papin. Hindi naman tama na sabihin iyon. Hindi naman nila ako binayaran. Ako po ang pinakiusapan, at ang intensyon ng kanta ay para magtulungan tayong lahat,” Papin said in an interview over Dobol B sa News TV.
As of writing, the music video has generated 152K dislikes and 2.1K. — LA, GMA News