- The PDEA wants to ban the airing of Shanti Dope’s song “Amatz”
- PDEA chief Aaron Aquino said that the song promotes the use of illegal drugs
- Aquino also recommended banning other songs promoting drug use
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) said on Thursday that they are seeking to prevent the airing of the song by 18-year-old Shanti Dope titled “Amatz.”
KAMI learned that the PDEA deemed the song as a promotion to alleged drug or marijuana use.
As reported by the CNN Philippines, PDEA Chief Aaron Aquino has written to the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit and ABS-CBN Corporation to stop the airing of the song on national television.
The song had a lyrics that said:
“Lakas ng amats ko, sobrang natural, walang halong kemikal,”
“Ito hinangad ko lipadin ay mataas pa, sa kaya ipadama sa'yo ng gramo, 'di bale nang musika ikamatay.”
PDE chief Aquino said in a statement, “It appears that the singer was referring to the high effect of marijuana, being in its natural/organic state and not altered by any chemical compound.”
“We respect and appreciate our artists in the music industry, however, we strongly oppose the promotion of musical pieces or songs that encourage the recreational use of drugs like marijuana and shabu. It is contrary to our fight against illegal drugs,” he added.
Aquino claimed that the song’s message is contrary to the Duterte administration’s drug war. He also recommended that songs similar to “Amatz” should be banned from airing.
You may watch the music video of Amatz here:
Sean Patrick Ramos or Shanti Dope is a Filipino songwriter and rapper. He is popularly known for his songs "Nadarang", "MAU", and "Shantidope."
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