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WATCH: Duterte, Najib outsing each other at dinner

SINGING BUDDIES. President Duterte and Prime Minister Najib Razak bond over singing and food in Malaysia.

Photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

During his trip to Malaysia, it seems President Rodrigo Duterte got along well with Prime Minister Najib Razak on more than just official matters: the two leaders appear to share a love for singing.

On Duterte's last night in Malaysia on Thursday, November 10, the two leaders took to the stage to perform a song for each other.

Watch the moment below:

Enthusiastic clapping accompanied Duterte as he walked onstage in the middle of a hall in Seri Perdana, the Prime Minister's official residence, where Najib was hosting a dinner for him.

Duterte then gave his rendition of the ballad, "Wind Beneath My Wings." Like his karaoke sessions in his favorite Davao City bar After Dark, Duterte sang solo with minimal gestures while reading from a lyrics book.

Najib's performance was livelier. The Malaysian leader, flanked by two other men, sang the more upbeat song, "The Young Ones" by Cliff Richards, complete with some hip swaying.

After Najib's performance, Duterte was overheard shouting, "More!"

The two leaders also had a duet – "Shalala Lala" by the Vengaboys – that night.

This was the only time that Duterte sang during a dinner hosted by a foreign leader, according to National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr, who has been to most of the President's trips abroad.

"The setting did not call for it in the other dinners, state or official," Esperon told Rappler.

Duterte's love for singing is known especially among Davaoeños. Since his mayorship, Duterte has been known to spend the wee hours of the morning in front of the karaoke machine, among his preferred ways of unwinding.

His performance at Najib's dinner was not the first time he sang during his Malaysia trip. At a gathering of Malaysia-based Filipinos the previous night, Duterte sang along with the Filipina-Malaysian singer performing at the event. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada covers the Office of the President and Bangsamoro regional issues for Rappler. While helping out with desk duties, she also watches the environment sector and the local government of Quezon City. For tips or story suggestions, you can reach her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.

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