By Jeffrey Damicog
An organization of artists is set to release during the State of the Nation Address on Monday (July 22) a song calling on Filipinos to protect the country’s territory from foreign intruders like China.
“We launch the Artists Fight Back call today at the People’s SONA in many forms, including a new song asserting the right to sovereignty over the West Philippine Sea, titled Atin Ang Pilipinas: Ipagtanggol, Ipaglaban! (Defend and Fight for Our Philippines), a collaboration between CAP’s musicians and performers to be performed at the main program,” said the Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) in a statement.
As artists, CAP explained that its members “wield our craft, practice, and work to help the Filipino people fight back against the attacks, abuses, fake news, disinformation, and deception of the Duterte regime.”
“At a time when the government is actively enlisting and deploying its supporters and machinery to project, beautify, and whitewash its dubious gains for the people, all the more there is a need for art and culture that will reflect and amplify the reality of the Filipino people’s struggle against another dictator, tyrant, and traitor in the making,,” it stated.
President Rodrigo Duterte has been vocal about his friendship with China and has expressed unwillingness to go to a losing war over protecting the territorial sovereignty of the Philippines over the disputed areas of the West Philippine Sea.