WATCH: This Now-Viral Child Contestant on It's Showtime Is #Woke

The Internet is just as amused as the hosts and audience.

( A live TV show usually means you can't control a lot of the things that happen, especially when you have contestants participating in games or segments. What more when those contestants are children? In the July 18 episode of ABS-CBN's noontime program It's Showtime, one of their child contestants, Carl Nathaniel Garcia, left the hosts amused with his comments about the police.

During the show's MiniMe segment, host McCoy de Leon comes out wearing a police officer's uniform, mimicking Cardo Dalisay (played by Coco Martin) on the teleserye FPJ's Ang Probinsyano. The hosts interviewing Garcia—Vhong Navarro, Karylle, and Ronnie Alonte—then ask him about his dreams of becoming a police officer himself. "Bakit mo gustong maging pulis?" Navarro asks. Garcia answers, "Para po mapanatiling tahimik po 'yong lugar namin." He also says he wants to stop robberies.

Navarro then asks Garcia what the police do when there's someone who's noisy and causing trouble. "Para po niyang binabaril o di kaya, ano, sinasaktan," Garcia answers, eliciting awkward laughter from the audience. Navarro tries to subvert the comment saying, "Di naman babarilin, aarestuhin lang," to which Garcia agrees. Garcia also says he doesn't know a police officer in real life. He just knows the ones he sees on TV, particularly on the news show TV Patrol.


The interview portion was uploaded on ABS-CBN's Youtube account, but part of the video was left out, in which Garcia was asked to give a trophy to de Leon since he's acting as a police officer. Navarro asks, "Bakit hindi trophy ang bibigay mo sa kanya? Dahil siyempre hero siya e, tumutulong siya sa'tin." Garcia immediately answers, "Ano pong hero? Nambabaril lang 'yan."

The shocked audience and hosts laugh, and this time, it's Karylle who tries to subvert the comment. "May napanood lang siya, nalito lang," she says. "Tao lang siya," Garcia says, referring to the police. Navarro tries to defend the police, saying, "Sinusugpo niya 'yong mga masasama," as Karylle suggests, "Baka iniisip niya, superhero."

Garcia's comments eventually made it to Twitter, where social-media users—who were just as surprised—then brought up how woke (a.k.a. socially aware) the child is. Some also brought up the implications of what children see on TV.


Even after the shock and confusion during Garcia's segment, he eventually qualified for the Grand Finals. Who knows, maybe he's got more #woke wisdom to share soon.

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