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Freddie Aguilar, 60, to marry 16-year-old girlfriend in Philippines

Musician acquires supporters in debate over his love affair with teenager

  • By Barbara Mae Dacanay, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 15:21 October 21, 2013
  • Gulf News

Philippine musician Freddie Agu
  • Image Credit: Marcel Duprix/Freddie Aguilar/Facebook
  • Veteran Philippine musician Freddie Aguilar.

Manila: Music legend Freddie Aguilar has acquired supporters following a raging debate about his love affair with a 16-year-old girlfriend.

“It’s a consensual relationship between two people in love with a wide age gap,” said Congresswoman Luzviminda Ilagan of Gabriela, a sectoral party at the House of Representatives.

“Her parents have already blessed the relationship,” argued Ilagan.

“Freddie Aguilar can marry his girlfriend as long as he gets the consent of her parents,” said Congressman Rodolfo Albano.

“His other option is to wait for his girlfriend to reach legal age before marrying her,” said Congressman Lito Atienza, of Buhay, a sectoral party at the House of Representatives.

Earlier, the 60-year-old Aguilar said on TV that he did not realise that he courted a 16-year-old girl, adding that he would wait for her to reach a legal age.

The girl, whose name was not identified and whose face was not shown, said in a TVC interview that she loves the famous singer: “Even if I’m young, I am mature enough to know and discern if what I’m doing is right or wrong.” His daughter Maegan Aguilar, also a singer, defended the music legend, saying: “I love calling out morons or stupid [people who criticise my father].”

Aguilar and his first wife were separated 20 years ago and he has had two other partners since then.

Meanwhile, a social welfare department official in Manila said that social workers in Mindoro, southern Luzon will hold a meeting with the teenager’s parents.

It is important to know if they have voluntarily approved of the relationship, said social welfare official Dulfie Shalim, adding it is the mandate of her office to prevent minors from being abused or seduced.

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) National Appellate Matrimonial Tribunal (NAMT), said Aquilar’s girlfriend is “definitely a minor”.

Aguilar’s composition, Anak (Child), which he recorded in 1978 sold six million copies. Translated in 26 languages, it became popular in Japan and Europe.

After the assassination of former Senator Benigno Aquino at the service stairway of a China Airlines plane that brought him home from the US in 1983, Aguilar’s rendition of Bayan Ko (My Country), a 1983 folk-protest song, became the anthem of protesters who waged war against former President Ferdinand Marcos at the time. Marcos was blamed for Aquino’s death.

The popularity of Aguilar’s the song also fuelled a people-backed military protest that ousted Marcos in 1986.

Comments (8)

  1. Added 19:18 October 22, 2013

    This is seriously not love, its just an infatuation. The girl and her family is just after this man's money asthey know that he's not gonna live long, so after his death she can fall for someone else and marry him. I agree to the fact that she's mature enough to understand what she's doing, and its just because she's loving him for the money but no parents will want to get their daughter married to an old man.

    Jasmin Farid Ahmed, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 12:10 October 22, 2013

    I FEEL SORRY FOR HER. DISGUSTING.

    ANN, DXB, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 11:52 October 22, 2013

    My wife told me that this news is old one.Gulf news just publish recently.This 16 year old gal is just after the money only.She have no other way.As such she came from the poor family.

    c.philip, shj, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 11:24 October 22, 2013

    Very simples....the girl knows clearly that he is not going to live long and the wealth that this old man has will finally go to the girl. she is very young and can again fall in love or marry again.

    vicky, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:55 October 22, 2013

    I am actually and totally against this issue especially the man involve is known and somehow respected not only as a singer but for his political view and principles too. I am really disgusted to read that even the parents had approved of their daughter relationship. Without discrimination in mind, but usually this situation is quite prevalent on poor Filipino families and using their children to alleviate their plight. So sad to say but yes in some poor areas of the country, young girls are willingly allowed by their parents to work even as a prostitute. Mr. Freddie Aguilar, you might escape criminal litigation perhaps due to your status and influence but you've lost my total respect which I had since the day I started singing your songs which I might not sing again out of dismay to you and your relationship, shame on you and your daughter for depending you against your critic!

    paul, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 10:55 October 22, 2013

    remember Demi Moore and her ex ashton kutcher? she became old and he is still young so he cheated on her and then picked a girl his age ...

    Mai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 10:34 October 22, 2013

    This is not love. People tend to misunderstand the difference between love and infatuation. Its obviously a mistake, but no matter what others say they are going to go ahead with the marriage. I just feel sorry for her.

    Dennis, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:53 October 22, 2013

    Love or not , this is not acceptable at all. no matter what girl says, 16 years is not mature at all. one must keep in mind, Girls tend to be more emotional than men. and a 60 year old person saying he has fallen in love with 16 year old girl, I don't have words to describe the mentality of this person. speechless. people who support this marriage must answer one question, would they like their 16 year old daughter to get married to 60 year old person?

    Fayez, DxB, United Arab Emirates

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