- Singer-composer Dong Abay slammed the alleged use of his song “Kumusta Na” as campaign jingle of the BBM-Sara tandem
- He said that even if he is “anti-Aquino,” he did not write the song for “Marcos loyalists”
- Dong stressed that he is not giving his permission to use the said song as political tandem’s jingle
- In what may be taken as his firm stand on his point, he ended his statement with an expletive
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Dong Abay, the former frontman for the popular 90s band Yano, slammed the alleged use of his song “Kumusta Na” as campaign jingle of the BBM-Sara political tandem.
In a statement posted on Twitter, the singer-composer said that he wrote the song, which talks about the EDSA people power revolution, for all Filipinos.
“Ang kantang "Kumusta Na" na tungkol sa "EDSA Pipol Power" ay para sa sambayanang Pilipino,” Dong wrote in his tweet.
He said that even if he is “anti-Aquino,” he did not write the song for those he called “Marcos loyalists.”
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“Hindi ko ito sinulat para sa Marcos loyalists kahit ako ay anti-Aquino. Over my dead body,” the singer-composer said.
Dong also said that he is not giving his permission for his song to be used as jingle of the political tandem of former Sen. Bongbong Marcos and Mayor Sara Duterte called UniTeam.
However, the singer-composer, instead of using “UniTeam,” he used the term often referred by political opponents to the political team.
As if indicating his strong opposition to the alleged use of his song, he ended his statement with an expletive.
“At hindi ko pinahihintulutang gamitin ang kantang yan bilang jingle ng BBM-Sara Unithieves. Pakyu,” Dong wrote in his tweet.
As of writing, the UniTeam political tandem has still not given a statement by way of reply to the tweet of Dong.
Westdon Martin Abay, better known as Dong Abay, is a Pinoy rock musician and poet who rose to fame for churning out hit songs like Banal na Aso, Santong Kabayo and ESEM. Born on April 5, 1971, he found and established bands like Yano, Pan, and Dongabay. He is also the founder of Dong Abay Music Organization or D.A.M.O.
In 2017, Dong released a new album as a solo artist under D.A.M.O. called Humanidad, or in English, Humanity. The album contained 14 songs that talk about life. Most of the songs have sardonic wit and passion that attempt to re-ignite fervor from among the younger generation.
Dong was not the only one to complain about their original songs allegedly being used by UniTeam, or by one of its candidates. Several weeks ago, Megastar Sharon Cuneta also took to Instagram to complain about the use of her song, “Sana’y Wala Nang Wakas,” by Atty. Salvador Panelo. The latter is running as candidate for senator under the UniTeam. On Instagram, Sharon told them not to "mess with a classic" and that she will only allow it for “Leni-Kiko.” Her online post also caught the attention of her daughter, Frankie Pangilinan, who left a comment.