Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III recently made the suggestion that the last two lines of “Lupang Hinirang” be changed. Sotto referred last Sept. 18 to the lines “Aming ligaya na ‘pag may mang-aapi, ang mamatay nang dahil sa’yo” as having a defeatist attitude.
Sotto then offered an alternative to thelast lines: “‘Aming ligaya na ‘pag may nang-aapi, ang ipaglaban kalayaan mo.'”
Sotto might be channeling his musician’s past. Before embarking on his political career, he rose to fame as a member of the ’70s Manila Sound disco group “VST & Co.” He also composed the song “Magkaisa” with Homer Flores and Ernie de la Pea back in the ’80s in honor of the People Power Revolut…
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