By Prince Golez
In his new song “2022,” folk singer Freddie Aguilar urged the Filipino people to consider the intelligence of candidates when voting in upcoming presidential elections.
Aguilar, an ally of President Rodrigo Duterte who ran in the 2016 senatorial race but lost, said the next President will face countless challenges upon taking office what with the pandemic-induced economic crisis, the West Philippine Sea disputes, and natural disasters affecting the country.
“Bagsak ang ekonomiya ng bayan kong sinta. Milyon ang walang trabaho dahil sa COVID na ito, dagdag mo pa ang West Philippine Sea, mga bagyong matitindi. Kawawa ang bayan, kawawa si Juan,” the 67-year-old musician sang.
“Mabigat ang problema ng susunod na Pangulo, kaya ang piliin niyo dapat ay may talino, may kakayahan siyang mamuno, busilak ang kanyang puso para sa inang bayan,” he furthered.
Aguilar likewise dropped hints about his choice for the country’s highest office.
“Ang Presidente ko’y may utak, may panindigan. Siya ay tunay na leader, may bayag at matapang. May prinsipyo. May puso at damdamin sa tao,” he said.
Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Senators Manny Pacquiao, Panfilo Lacson, and Grace Poe, Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Panfilo Lacson, Taguig City-Pateros Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, and former Senator Ferdinand Marcos are potential presidential bets in the 2022 polls.