After talking at length about the COVID-19 pandemic, President Rodrigo Duterte ended his public address Wednesday (January 13) by playing a song to remind people of how fleeting life is.
Towards the end of his speech, Duterte said: “This is for people, mga anak ninyo na kagaya ng sinasabi ni… Actually, this song is a counterpart of Anak’, ‘yung kay Freddie Aguilar.”
“Ipatugtog ko ‘yon, iyong dalawa para ‘yung mga anak ninyo na suwail, maalaala nila ang — hindi lang obligasyon sa buhay, ‘yung mismong sarili nila kung anong mangyayari nila sa buhay. Tutugtugin ko ‘yon kasi para sa inyo,” he added.
A rendition of “Yesterday When I Was Young” then played as the camera panned to show the government officials present at the meeting.
Aguilar, meanwhile, is one of Duterte’s favorite singers, with some of his songs being played during events of the President.