Tweak ‘Lupang Hinirang’? Vice Ganda proposes to revise other songs instead

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Posted at Sep 22 2018 06:39 PM | Updated as of Sep 22 2018 11:14 PM

A folk tune that encourages "human trafficking," a song about a worthless policeman, and a nursery rhyme that should have ended with the positive message of promoting "second chances." 

Vice Ganda listed down on "It's Showtime" some songs that should have its lyrics changed, the TV host's apparent shot at Senate President Vicente Sotto III's proposal to replace the last line of the national anthem.

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The comedian began by saying that the "ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo" line is "beautiful" because it shows that Filipinos "are willing to fight and die for our country." 

Instead of changing that, he quipped that the Senate should look at old folk tunes such as "Sitsiritsit Alibangbang," which bafflingly suggest that trading a kid for a doll and bagoong is OK. 

"Wala na ba kayong pagpapahalaga sa buhay ng kabataan? Buhay iyon eh, regalo mula sa langit," he joked. "Dinala sa sinapupunan ng siyam ng buwan ng isang magiting ng ina."

"Paglabas ng sanggol, ipagpapalit ninyo sa bagoong? Iyon ang palitan ninyo, huwag iyong 'ang mamatay nang dahil sa iyo'." 

He added that the final part of "Leron Leron Sinta" should be changed to better reflect the message of not giving up, and called for the firing of the worthless cop in "May Pulis sa Ilalim ng Tulay." 

Vice Ganda also said that the Senate should focus on more pressing issues such as rising prices of basic goods and traffic, rather than on trivial matters. 

It was last Wednesday when Sotto said that he wants to tweak the original final lyrics of "Lupang Hinirang" with what he says is a less defeatist line, "ang ipaglaban kalayaan mo." 

Senate President Tito Sotto drew flak for his suggestion to replace the last line of the national anthem. ABS-CBN News

He did appear to reel back in his proposal after hearing the negative feedback, writing on Twitter a day after: "Maraming mahina intindi-miento. Ayaw niyo? Huwag!" 

He maintained, however, that he supports Joey Ayala's version of the national anthem, which featured a different last line. 

Ayala sang "ang magmahal ng dahil sa'yo," instead of "ang mamatay nang dahil sa'yo."