- President Rodrigo Duterte endorsed Senatorial aspirant Freddie Aguilar
- He said Aguilar’s songs has a social message that says something to the Filipinos
- Duterte called the singer a nationalist, a person who loves the nation
President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, according to a Philippine Star story, endorsed the senatorial bid of Filipino singer Freddie Aguilar — saying he is a “nationalist” whose songs carry a social message — after the inauguration of the Paranaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX).
ABS-CBN News quoted him saying, “Freddie is running for senator. Wala akong hiningi sa inyo kung hindi just consider. [I am not asking you anything but just to consider.] He is a brilliant man. Of course he can talk in English. But he is a singer, that is (his) profession.
“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.”
[That is why I am asking you. That’s 12, give one to a nationalist, a person who loves the nation. And the protest of his songs are there. You will see it, for the next generations and generations to come.]
He urged the people to help an exemplary guy like Aguilar whom he called a friend, a brilliant guy, who can talk and can help the country.
Duterte also expressed his admiration for the singer’s songs which he said carry social messages; naming Magdalena and Bulag, Pipi, at Bingi — “it says something to the Filipino.”
The country’s leader raised Aguilar’s hand saying, “Vote for Freddie Aguilar.”
Aguilar, the singer behind the hits “Anak,” “Magdalena,” and “Estudyante Blues”, is running as Senator of the Philippines under the ruling Partido Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban).