The Philippines consulate last night expressed its concern over the "unfortunate choice of words" by Regina Ip Lau Suk-yee, who insisted she meant "no offence" with her comments about domestic helpers sleeping with expatriate bosses. The pro-establishment lawmaker and Executive Council member sparked outrage on Thursday when, in an article in Ming Pao that was also published on her blog and Facebook page, she cited complaints she had received about Filipino domestic helpers seducing Western men. "No offence was intended," Ip said. She said the public had misunderstood her article, which was intended to chastise international media for focusing on domestic helpers only as victims. "I never [specified] who was 'seducing' whom in the article. The purpose of it was to show concern for those Filipino maids and pose a question as to whether they have been exploited." The item has been taken off her Facebook page and blog. The consulate said in its statement that while it was concerned about Ip's words, it "believes that this is not reflective of the general sentiments of the Hong Kong community at large". Ip wrote that during her time as security minister, she received complaints from "foreign women" that the government was "allowing Filipino domestic helpers to seduce their husbands". She went on to claim that expatriate friends had told her of many cases of families breaking up because the husband had an affair with the maid. Ip, touted as a contender for chief executive in 2017 after a brief attempt at the 2012 race, stood by her words. The existence of the complaints was a fact, she said. "I will not shy from telling the truth." Her stance sparked anger in the city's Filipino community, with some accusing Ip of racism. In an editorial yesterday, The Manila Times cited a South China Morning Post report criticising Ip. The Manila Times concluded: "We hope Mrs Regina Ip does not become Hong Kong SAR's chief executive."