By Leslie Aquino
Singer Freddie Aguilar, whose song “Anak” became famous, is running for senator in the May 2019 midterm polls.
The 65-year old singer said it took him 40 years to finally decide to run.
“After 40 years, I was finally convinced to run. They (ordinary people) have been urging me to run for a long time because of my advocacies through my songs,” he said after filing his certificate of candidacy at the Comelec main office in Intramuros, Manila, Thursday.
“In my desire to continue the change even if Im not into politics, I decided to run to be of help to the nation,” said Aguilar.
Asked if his candidacy has the blessings of President Duterte, he said: none.
“It was the ordinary people who convinced me,” Aguilar said.
“I was able to talk to SAP Bong Go and I asked if they will help me. He said they will support me,” he added.
As to his chances of winning, the singer said he is leaving his fate to the people.
Aguilar, a known supporter of Duterte, is also known for his songs such as “Bayan Ko”, and “Ipaglalaban Ko”
He is running under PDP Laban based on his COC.
His certificate of nomination and acceptance(CONA) was signed by a certain Wilfredo Talag.
However, reports came out that Senator Koko Pimentel denied that Aguilar is part of their senate slate.
When asked regarding the matter, Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said he cannot comment on this as the issue may be brought up to the poll body.
But, he said they have an existing policy on CONA.
“We cannot give you an in depth answer beyond that because this will come up for decision of a higher committee. Because there is a claim, surely there will be a counter claim and we have to look into them,” Jimenez said.