Frontman Ely Buendia in an hour-long Twitter Q&A tweeted, perhaps only half-jokingly, that there is hope for an Eraserheads reunion “Pag tumakbo si Leni (If Leni runs).”
The response was for a tweet from Twitter user Ben La Dean.
The tweet has since gone viral with over 8,000 likes in just over an hour.
The musician’s Twitter Q&A appears to be a part of promotions for “SUPERPROXIES,” a virtual concert featuring Buendia and Filipino indie rock band Nobody’s Home on October 9.
Buendia has rarely been publicly political.
In his days with the Eraserheads, he and the band had been drawn into some controversies. In 1995, Senator Tito Sotto attempted to have the hit song “Alapaap” taken off the air for its alleged drug references.
The Eraserheads then released “Spoliarium” in 1997 through the album Sticker Happy, which itself would be a source of controversy, with its supposed reference to the Pepsi Paloma rape case. The actress in 1982 accused Vic Sotto, Joey de Leon, and Richie D’Horsey of drugging and raping her. Tito Sotto dismissed the rape stories as fake news and had Inquirer articles pertaining to the case removed.
Buendia, just earlier this year in March, said on the Wake Up With Jim & Saab podcast that the song isn’t about that, and is about something more mundane: “getting piss-drunk.”
The frontman also released in that same month a song called “Metro.”
Interaksyon wrote then: “Without naming names, its lyrics took a hit at incompetent politicians and people who continue to support them despite how current issues are being handled, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the West Philippine Sea.”
The lyrics go: “Kapatid ‘di pa ba nagsasawa? Tumatakbo ang metro; isa lang ang iyong pagpipilian. Pangulo ba o panggulo? Pangulo ba o panggulo?”
(Brother, sister, aren’t you tired? The meter is running; you can only choose one. A president or a nuisance?)
But support for the song was tempered because of its association with a political campaign called “We Need a Leader 2022,” which has links to former house speaker Pantaleon Alvarez. Alvarez was ousted in 2018, and replaced by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
Buendia later on tweeted that his political opinions are his own: