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‘Di Niyo Ba Naririnig?’: The ‘Les Mis’ revolutionary song that pissed President Duterte

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The cat is out of the bag.

President Duterte is annoyed by the Filipino version of the revolutionary song from the Les Miserables performed by supposed government critics.

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque admitted the President’s challenge to health workers to stage a revolution against the government had actually stemmed from the song that circulated on social media.

Roque was referring to “Di Niyo Ba Naririnig,” the local version of “Do You Hear the People Sing” in the Les Mis play, produced by a group of artists.

A black and white music video of several artists and activists was played online as a protest during the President’s State of the Nation Address late July. Among those who sang the Filipino adaption are Angel Locsin, Agot Isidro, Enchong Dee, Jodi Sta Maria, Iza Calzado, Jim Paredes, Celeste Legaspi, and Monique Wilson.

The song was translated by Vincent de Jesus with additional lyrics by Rody Vera and Joel Saracho. The video included photos tackling the issues related to the West Philippine Sea dispute, war-torn Marawi rehabilitation, as well as the ABS-CBN shutdown and press freedom.

Roque raised suspicion the revolutionary song was part of an alleged opposition conspiracy against the Duterte administration. He dragged the names of Vice President Leni Robredo and Senator Frank Drilon to the alleged conspiracy.

“Ang konteksto po na lumabas ito ay sunod-sunod po kasi iyong pagtawag po ni Sen. Drilon na failure ang IATF, sinusugan po iyan ni VP Leni Robredo kasabay po iyang kumakalat na revolution song. So, ang Presidente po, sabi niya, kung talaga iyong mga nanggugulo, iyong mga nais magsamantala sa pandemic na gusto siyang palitan through a revolution, sige na po, gawin na natin ngayon,” Roque said during his online press briefing Monday.

“Inuulit ko lang naman po ang mga salita ng Presidente. Wala na pong drama iyan, huwag na tayong sumakay dito sa pandemya na wala namang gustong mangyari, mag-rebolusyon na kung gusto po nila,” he said.

The President has begrudgingly approved the plea of the medical workers to impose stricter lockdown in Metro Manila after the healthcare system is supposedly on the brink of collapse.

Duterte however supposedly resented the way the health professionals made their appeal in public before bringing the attention to him in private.

Roque said the medical community should have given Duterte an opportunity to respond to their concerns before turning to publicity.

Here are the lyrics of the song:

DI NIYO BA NARIRINIG?

Tinig ng bayan na galit
Himig ito ng Pilipinong
Di muli palulupig
Dudurugin ang dilim
Ang araw ay mag-aalab
At mga pusong nagtimpi
Ay magliliyab
Ikaw ba’y makikibaka
At hindi maduduwag
Na gisingin ang mga panatikong bingi’t bulag
Kasinungalingan labanan hanggang mabuwag
Di niyo ba naririnig?
Tinig ng bayan na galit
Himig ito ng Pilipinong
Di muli palulupig
Dudurugin ang dilim
Ang araw ay mag-aalab
At mga pusong nagtimpi
Ay magliliyab
Ikaw ba ay dadaing na lang
Kimi’t magmumukmok
Habang nagpapakasasa
Ang mga trapong bulok
Gisingin ang puso
Galitin hanggang pumutok
Di niyo ba naririnig?
Tinig ng bayan na galit
Himig ito ng Pilipinong
Di muli palulupig
Dudurugin ang dilim
Ang araw ay mag-aalab
At mga pusong nagtimpi
Ay magliliyab!
Magliliyab!

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