MANILA (UPDATE) — President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. attended the 50th birthday celebration of Sen. Sonny Angara over the weekend.
Marcos joined senators onstage as they sang the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” at Angara's Top Gun-themed birthday bash, as seen in a video posted on Cavite Second District Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla’s Facebook page.
"Thank you to my fellow senators led by SP (Senate President Juan Miguel) Zubiri for their impromptu song number, with an epic surprise participation by a very game PBBM (President Bongbong Marcos)," Angara said.
Angara said his 50th birthday celebration raised around P3 million for the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) Medical Foundation, his "chosen beneficiary in lieu of gifts."
“God bless all of you for giving generously 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 madami po kayong matutulungang mahihirap na pasyente,” he wrote on Instagram.
(You will help a lot of patients in need.)
Angara's communication director Dennis Legaspi also defended the celebration amid criticism, calling it "party with a cause."
“In lieu of gifts po kasi, we exhorted the guests to instead donate to the Philippine General Hospital Medical Foundation, Inc. Yearly po tuwing birthday ni Senator nagdo-donate talaga s'ya dyan." Legaspi said, adding that PGH head Dr. Gerardo Legaspi also attended the party.
(The senator donates yearly to the organization on his birthday.)
Sen. Raffy Tulfo meanwhile labelled as "killjoy" those who called out Angara's 50th birthday party.
"Napaka-killjoy naman ng mga nagsasabi nyan. Dapat inaalam nila reason kung bakit. As a matter of fact dapat inaalam din nila ang reason bakit ano ang isa sa dahilan bakit kami andun, tao lang din kami kailangan namin mag-relax, it was for a cause din," Tulfo said.
(Those who criticize that are killjoys. They should first find out why we were there. One reason is we're human and need to relax, too. It was also for a cause.)
—With a report from Robert Mano, ABS-CBN News