Singer Freddie Aguilar declares he’s running for Senate under Duterte’s party

Freddie Aguilar (in black) filing his candidacy at the Commission on Elections. Photo: ABS-CBN News
Freddie Aguilar (in black) filing his candidacy at the Commission on Elections. Photo: ABS-CBN News

Filipino music icon Freddie Aguilar, perhaps better known for his marriage to a 16-year-old than his music the past few years, is throwing his hat into the political ring.

The 65-year-old singer-songwriter is seeking a Senate seat under President Rodrigo Duterte’s party PDP-Laban (Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan), The Philippine Star reported.

The Anak singer told reporters at the Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila, that “ordinary people” convinced him to run for senator, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

“I have 40 years of history advocating for change. All you have to do is listen to my songs like Katarungan or Sa Kuko ng Agila,” he told radio station DZMM.

When asked what he plans to do if he gets elected, he simply told reporters in Filipino: “A lot.”

“Because of my desire to continue the change, I have decided to run to help the country,” he said.

PDP-Laban president and Senator Koko Pimentel said today that Duterte spokesperson Harry Roque and special assistant Christopher Go will also run for senator under Duterte’s party, ABS-CBN News reported.

Other party bets include Bureau of Corrections Chief Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, Duterte’s adviser Francis Tolentino, Makati Representative Monsour del Rosario, and Maguindanao Representative Dong Mangudadatu.

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