Netizens react to Panelo’s explanation of Pres. Duterte’s endorsement to Freddie Aguilar

Netizens react to Panelo’s explanation of Pres. Duterte’s endorsement to Freddie Aguilar

- In an event, President Duterte raised the hand of Freddie Aguilar and told the public to vote for him

- However, Salvador Panelo denied that the President was already campaigning for Aguilar

- The netizens had different reaction to Panelo’s explanation

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During the inauguration pf Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITX) last Monday, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his support to OPM icon and senate candidate Freddie Aguilar. According to the President, Aguilar is an “exemplary nationalist guy” and people should “consider” for the upcoming 2019 polls.

KAMI learned that Duterte even raised the hand of Aguilar and said “Vote for Freddie Aguilar”.

“Kaya ako nakikiusap. Tutal dose man ‘yan. Ibigay ninyo sa isang nationalist, ‘yung isang tao nagmamahal sa bayan. And the protest of his songs are there. Makikita na ninyo for the next generations and generations to come," Duterte said.

"‘Pag hindi ninyo binoto ‘yan, bantay kayo sa akin. Isa-isahin ko kayo," the President added.

The President’s remarks sparked controversies because it could be considered as premature campaigning that violates the rules of Commission on Elections.

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However, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo had a different explanation regarding the President’s statements.

“Hindi naman, e. He was just expressing his opinion on the qualification of the person. Hindi naman niya sinabing iboto ninyo ito. Ang sinasabi niya lang, the messages of the songs of Freddie Aguilar has social content at magaling siya, brilliant,” Panelo stated.

He denied that the President was campaigning for Aguilar and said that the President “may not be referring to an election”. Instead, Duterte may be urging people to vote for Aguilar as an outstanding man”.

The explanation of Panelo made netizens react in different ways. Here are some of their comments on GMA News’ Facebook page:

“Ano ba talaga koyang??? Ang tagal na naming natutulirong mga DDS sa palasyo kung paano namin ipagtatanggol KAPALPAKAN palagi nung tangang presidente.”

“kapag nag halal ka tlga ng clown, circus talaga ang resulta.hahaha.”

“Kailangan ni Panelo ng Logic 101. Eh ano ba tinatakbuhan ni Fresdie, di ba Senator? Eh saan pa sya iboboto? Hay naku puro palusot”

“Bakit kasi kailangan pa kumuha ng spokespersons na abogado??? Eh kumuha ka lang ng grade 4 na pilosopo.... pareho lang din ang sagot”

“Ang sabi nga ni roque.. trabho ng spokeperson ang ipag tangol ang kabalustagan ng presidente.. so wag kau magalit ke pañelo gnagampanan lang po nia trabho nia”

As previously reported by KAMI, Freddie Aguilar performed during the official launching of PITX. Aguilar is known for his hit-song “Anak” in 1978. This song sold 33 million copies all over the world. KAMI also reported before that Aguilar has filed his certificate of candidacy in Comelec to run as a senator.

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