And so the My Way curse continues.
In odd but somehow not-at-all-surprising news, a Filipino man was killed during a karaoke session yesterday after fighting with a neighbor he prevented from singing the song My Way.
According to GMA News’ Balitambayan, Jose Bosmion, Jr., 61 years old, was stabbed by his neighbor, Rolando Cañeso, 28 years old, during a birthday party in Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte.
The karaoke and drinking session turned deadly when Bosmion grabbed the mic from Cañeso just when he was about to sing the Frank Sinatra classic.
Things got tense, leading to a fist fight between the two. Others in the party were able to pull the two away from each other at one point, but Cañeso allegedly began stabbing the victim shortly after.
According to a report by regional radio station RMN, Bosmion, the victim, was brought to the Zamboanga del Norte Medical Center but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.
Cañeso, the suspect, has since surrendered to the police.
Strange as it is, this is not the first time that My Way has caused a death in the Philippines.
It is a go-to karaoke song in a country where karaoke is practically a national sport, but some bars have banned it after multiple instances of people being killed for singing it out of tune.
Filipinos love karaoke so much that their intense passion has occasionally turned violent.
In November, a man in Navotas City stabbed his friend in the neck after fighting over a song.
In March, a woman in Bulacan was shot and killed by her neighbor for singing late at night.
Incidents like these have become so common that in March, a House of Representatives committee reviewed a bill that seeks to put a 10pm curfew on karaoke sessions.