MANILA – The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) is raising the red flag over Shanti Dope’s song “Amatz.”
In a statement released Thursday, PDEA Director General Aaron Aquino claimed that the lyrics of the song promotes the use of marijuana which runs contrary to the Duterte administration’s crusade against illegal drugs.
Part of its lyrics goes “lakas ng amats ko, sobrang natural, walang halong kemikal.” It also mentions “ito hinangad ko; lipadin ay mataas pa sa kayang ipadama sayo ng gramo, di bale ng musika ikamatay.”
“It appears that the singer was referring to the high effect of marijuana, being in its natural/organic state and not altered by any chemical compound,” Aquino said.
While saying it respects and appreciates local music artists, Aquino said: “We strongly oppose the promotion of musical pieces or songs that encourage the recreational use of drugs like marijuana and shabu. It is contrary to our fight against illegal drugs.”
PDEA has also recommended that songs of similar forms should be banned from being aired.
You can watch the music video of “Amatz” on YouTube: