The Philippine government is seeking an apology from the producers of "Desperate Housewives" for a perceived racial slur against Filipino medics, the Philippine Daily Inquirer said on its Web site Wednesday, according to Breitbart.com.

The officials cited a recent episode in which actress Teri Hatcher, who plays Susan Mayer, said to the person attending to her during a medical consultation, "Can I check those diplomas because I want to make sure that they're not from some med school in the Philippines?"

Asked if the government would seek an apology from the producers of the show, and ABC, the network that carries it, executive secretary Eduardo Ermita said: "Yes, I think we should, on behalf of our Filipino professionals.

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"On the face, we can look at it as a racial slur. We are looked down upon too much, considering the number of our medical professionals in the U.S.," the Inquirer quoted Ermita as saying.

Ermita also appealed to Filipino organizations in the U.S. to "call the attention" of the show's producers and Hatcher to the "racial slur."