‘We should be inclusive’: Sara Duterte-Carpio questions ‘Manila’ parade song in SEA Games opening

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 1)— While her father President Rodrigo Duterte seemed to enjoy the “Manila” theme song during the 2019 Southeast Asian (SEA) Games opening rites, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio questioned the use of the iconic 1970s hit.

Duterte-Carpio took to Instagram to share her sentiments on the use of the song, noting that officials “should be inclusive when we want to encourage our countrymen to cheer.”

“'Di po ba Philippine flag ang dala (Aren’t they holding the Philippine flag)? Why would you play the song Manila?” the President's daughter wrote on her social media page on Sunday.

“We should be inclusive when we want to encourage our countrymen to cheer… I am a Filipino but I don't have one drop of Tagalog blood in me,” she added while stressing her Bisaya roots.

The Philippine contingent paraded to the tune of the “Hotdog” hit during the grand opening ceremony of the biennial meet on Saturday.

The 2019 SEA Games will run for 12 days and will formally close on December 11.