According to Reuters, Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte sung a hit Filipino love song at a dinner in Manila for leaders from across Asia, explaining later that it was “on the orders of U.S. President Donald Trump”.
Trump and Duterte were among 19 leaders at a gala in the Philippines capital on Sunday ahead of an annual summit, and at one point Duterte took the microphone to sing “Ikaw” (You), in a duet with local pop diva Pilita Corrales.
One of the song’s verses, translated from Filipino, begins: “You are the light in my world, a half of this heart of mine”.
“Ladies and gentlemen, I sang uninvited, upon the orders of the commander-in-chief of the United States,” Duterte said later, according to the ABS-CBN news channel.
Duterte, who is sometimes described as the ‘Trump of the East’ because of his brash style, is due to meet the U.S. president on the sidelines of the summit on Monday.
Duterte has faced human rights abuse accusations as he pushes a drug crackdown in the country.
Trump, who has been urged to confront Duterte on human rights, praised the Philippine leader in May for doing an “unbelievable job on the drug problem.”