MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – For quite some time, ‘My Way’ was the most popular sing-along music played at karaoke bars in the Philippines. Alas, it was also the deadliest song, with karaoke singers reportedly killed just for singing the Frank Sinatra classic.
But move over, ‘My Way,’ here comes the new most requested and sung karaoke song, and it still has to do with “killing.”
That’s right, ‘Killing Me Softly,’ popularized by Roberta Flack, is now No.1 on the karaoke charts, thanks to Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his nemesis, Senator Leila De Lima.
Duterte has mentioned the song in reference to his claim that “he has the goods” on De Lima in as far as the senator’s link to the proliferation of illegal drugs at the National Bilibid Prison during her time as Secretary of Justice under the Aquino administration.
De Lima herself has mentioned the song in her press conference and interviews refuting Duterte’s claims.
In the meantime, while Duterte and De Lima battle it out in Malacañang, the Senate and the media, Karaoke enthusiasts are having a grand time belting out this 1973 Grammy Record of the Year.
Let’s just hope nobody gets killed doing it.