'Just consider': Duterte endorses Freddie Aguilar

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 05 2018 07:22 PM | Updated as of Nov 06 2018 12:01 PM

President Duterte raises the hand of singer Freddie Aguilar on the sidelines of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) inauguration in Parañaque City on November 5, 2018. Robinson Niñal, Malacanang Photo

MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday vouched for singer Freddie Aguilar, who is running for senator in the 2019 polls.

Duterte described Aguilar as a nationalist whose songs “carry a social message” that strike a chord with ordinary Filipinos.

The President said this after Aguilar approached him after the inauguration of the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).

“Freddie is running for senator. Wala akong hiningi sa inyo kung hindi just consider. He is a brilliant man. Of course he can talk in English. But he is a singer, that is [his] profession,” Duterte said.

“Kaya ako nakikiusap. Tutal dose (12) man ‘yan. Ibigay ninyo sa isang nationalist, ‘yung isang tao nagmamahal sa bayan. And the protest of his songs are there. Makikita na ninyo for the next generations and generations to come.”

Aguilar, behind the hit song “Anak,” had composed a song for Duterte titled “Para sa Tunay na Pagbabago,” using the rhythm of another popular song of his, “Ipaglalaban Ko.”

The President, in jest, said Aguilar “has several messages for the Filipinos to remember. Kaya ako, kasali kayo, ‘pag hindi ninyo binoto ‘yan, bantay kayo sa akin. Isa-isahin ko kayo.”

“Tulungan natin si Freddie because he is one exemplary nationalist guy. And do not ever think that Tagalog lang ‘yan. He is my friend. He is a brilliant guy. He can talk and he can help the country.”