Aguilar wants to launch 'cultural revolution'
MANILA - The camp of President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Freddie Aguilar to head the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the veteran singer and songwriter has revealed in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Mario Dumaual.
According to the "Anak" hitmaker, Duterte's executive assistant Christopher "Bong" Go, offered him the post after he requested the President to create a department of culture and the arts.
"Tinawagan ako ni Bong Go at sabi sa akin, 'Sir Freddie, hangga't wala pa po iyong department of culture and the arts na hinihingi po ninyo sa presidente ay puwede po bang kayo po muna ang mamahala sa NCCA?" Aguilar said in the interview Monday. "Sabi ko, 'Sige, kung iyong ang ia-assign sa akin ng presidente, gagawin ko iyon muna."
Aguilar, a staunch supporter of Duterte, explained that he wants to establish a department of the culture and the arts so that he can forward his advocacy of starting a "cultural revolution."
"Sabi ko, ito lang po iyong revolution na walang mamamatay. Ang ibig sabihin ko po sa cultural revolution ay pinapangarap ko po na ibalik ‘yung mga talagang Pilipino na pag-uugali natin, pati sining natin, pati panulat natin, ibalik sa atin ‘yun tinanggal sa atin ng mga banyaga," clarified Aguilar.
He added: "Pag tinanong mo ang mga tao balang araw, hindi na po nila iisipin na taga-Luzon ako, wala akong pakialam sa Visayas. Taga-Visayas ako, wala akong pakialam sa Mindanao.
"Pag nagkaroon po tayo ng cultural revolution, pag sinabi po nating Ilokano, Kapampangan, Bisaya, lahat po iyan maninindigan na siya ay Pilipino," the musician concluded.
Aguilar is one of Duterte's favorite local singers. Duterte, who espouses the virtue of dying for one's country in the name of honor, praised Aguilar for expressing his love for the Philippines in the way he composes his lyrics.
"That guy is a nationalist," Duterte, in an earlier press conference, said. "His love of country shows in the way he uses his songs, which are always about corruption and what ails this country: the social injustice."
An official announcement regarding the NCCA post, currently held by chairperson Felipe de Leon Jr., has yet to be made.
Should it push through, Aguilar will be the third musician to be offered a post in government following the appointments of Jimmy Bondoc and RJ Jacinto. All three campaigned for a Duterte presidency.
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