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MANILA, Philippines – Netizens were quick to react to Filipino music icon Freddie Aguilar’s confirming his relationship with a 16-year-old girl.
As reported in pep.ph, the girl was seen with the singer-songwriter at the Star Awards for Music on October 13. Aguilar, who turned 60 in February, was honored on that occasion with a lifetime achievement award.
The girl has not been identified, although photos of Aguilar getting cozy with a young lady have appeared online, as reported by interaksyon.com.
Netizens, including some celebrities, were mostly aghast over this disclosure.
Here’s TV personality Michelle Madrigal’s tweet:
What is happening? Sad. RT @lounell: Freddie Aguilar to marry his 16 yr old girlfriend. Wala na. Wala ng ibang news of the day.— Michelle Madrigal (@Mitch_Madrigal) October 17, 2013
Character actor Ping Medina humorously quipped that Aguilar’s new single would be “Apo” (grandchild), in reference to his global hit, “Anak” (child):
Freddie Aguilar’s new single: Apo http://t.co/uIHIv0aelZ— Ping Medina (@PingMedina) October 17, 2013
Here’s Fashion blogger and publicist Bryanboy’s reaction:
Nakakadiri yung pedophile na si Freddie Aguilar.— bryanboy (@bryanboy) October 17, 2013
Rock Ed Philippines founder Gang Badoy implored the public to focus on the issues at hand:
Philippines, wag daw ma-distract sa Freddie Aguilar lovelife sabi ng kaibigan kong si Kidlat, focus pa rin sa PDAF Scam. Focus. Focus.— Gang Capati (@gangbadoy) October 17, 2013
Radio DJ, comedian, and mentalist Marcelle Fabie joked about the word “pedometer” in relation to Aguilar:
So apparently, I was wrong. A pedometer is a device that goes off when Freddie Aguilar is near you.— Marcelle Fabie (@mistervader) October 17, 2013
Pimples are like Freddie Aguilar. They come onto your face when you’re 16. Haha! I made a pedophile joke.— Alvin Louis (@Alvin_Louis) October 17, 2013
And here’s a Freddie Aguilar classic to cap this story (from mutsuki1451b’s YouTube):