Duterte’s spokesman now a recording artist, releases music video

Published December 22, 2020, 2:42 PM

by Robert Requintina

Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque Jr. is now a recording artist.

Radio TV Malacanang (RTVM) released a music video featuring Roque in the remake of the 1945 classic “Payapang Daigdig” on Tuesday, Dec. 22. It debuted at the end of Roque’s press briefing.


“Hayaan ninyo iwanan namin kayo ng isang munting regalo. Ito po ay sinulat noong pangalawang pandaigdigan. Bombahan po sa Manila noon pero nagkaroon po ng tigil bombahan at napaka tahimik po ng lugar noong panahon na yun…noong Paskong iyon,” said Roque as he introduced the music video.

“Merry Christmas to all of you and I hope you enjoy our simple gift to all of you from the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson, from all church members who participated in doing this jingle ‘Payapang Daigdig.’ Merry Christmas to all of you,” said Roque.

In the beginning of the music video, RTVM assured the public that safety protocols such as social distancing, the wearing of face masks and face shields were practiced during the filming of the music video.  

Shot in various parts of the country, the video also showed Palace staff members and ordinary citizens in the music clip.

According to the University of the Philippines, “Payapang Daigdig” was composed in quietness one night in 1945, when Manila had been leveled to the ground at the end of the Second World War and left in ruins.

“The composer’s desire to end all wars inspired him to set this prayer for peace by Eduardo de Leon and Brigido Batungbakal to this beautiful lyrical song.”