P-Noy orders radio stations to play at least 4 OPM songs per hour, jokes about Ogie and Regine as godparents at his hypothetical wedding

President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III reminded the National Telecommunication Commission to "fully implement" Executive Order 255, which requires radio stations to play at least four OPM (Original Pilipino Music) songs per hour, reports Manila Times. Aquino directed the head of the Presidential Management Staff to talk to the DOTC about the EO during the oath-taking of the new officers of the Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mangaawit (OPM) at Malacanang on August 13.

Aquino also vowed to protect the intellectual property rights of musicians. He stressed the importance of supporting the music industry: "For a country that is developing like us that has so many problems, the arts for man’s sake really deserves all the support we can (give)... Music can encourage. When you’re down and hopeless, it can help you live again and make you think that you can hope again, dream again and that we can find direction."


Manila Bulletin reports that singer-songwriter and OPM President Ogie Alcasid, who campaigned for Aquino in the recent elections, reportedly asked the President to revive E.O. 255, which was issued in 1987 by Aquino’s mother, the late former Pres. Corazon "Cory" Aquino, according to The Philippine Star. Alcasid also asked for Aquino’s support in providing assistance to the young, sick, and elderly members of the industry.

Pres. Noynoy Aquino tells Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez, "Pagdating naman ng panahon, kayo naman ang gagawin kong ninong at ninang ko," at the 00:38 mark.

At the oath taking ceremony, Aquino said he will be a secondary sponsor at the wedding of Alcasid and "Asia’s Songbird" Regine Velasquez rumored to take place in December. The President quipped that he would ask the couple to be godparents at his wedding should he get married in the future, according to The Philippine Star. "Pagdating naman ng panahon, kayo naman ang gagawin kong ninong at ninang ko," he said in a TV Patrol World report. Aquino, 50, has been with his girlfriend, Valenzuela Councilor Shalani Soledad, 30, since 2008.

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