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President Aquino says sorry

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President Noynoy Aquino apologized to singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid following his name’s inclusion in the recent State of the Nation Address (SONA) last week.

This was revealed by Alcasid in a media interview.

Alcasid who heads the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM), said he never knew his name was mentioned in the President’s speech until his mother told him so.

The singer was referring to Aquino’s line: “Meron din naman sa sektor, sabihin na nating mga culture, tulad nina Noel Cabangon at Ogie Alcasid na hindi pansarili lang ang iniintindi.”

Alcasid said: “Tinext ko na lang si Mr. President. nag-reply naman siya. Nag-sorry pa, ha. Sabi niya, “I’m sorry na hindi ako nagpaalam sa inyo.’ “Sabi ko, ‘Ok lang, boss. E, sumikat nga ako lalo’ Nakakatuwa naman.”

The OPM is a non-profit organization of artists accredited by the United Nations Department of Public Information in the entire Asia-Pacific region whose objectives include advocating policies for the growth of the music industry; ensuring support, legal assistance and professional enhancement for members; promoting patronage of local singers and original Filipino musical compositions; and continuing promotion for recognition and protection of the Filipino music and singers in the international scene.

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