April boy cries, thanks Duterte for giving hope

Singer April Boy Regino with his avid journalist fan Armando Fenequito Jr. during the Friday night media "Get together" with President Rodrigo Duterte at the Matina Enclaves.-Photo: Armand B. Fenequito Jr.

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — Jukebox king  April Boy Regino cries as he expressed gratitude to President Rodrigo Duterte for helping him survive.

Regino who lost his eyesight due to diabetes, but now  slowly he is recuperating,  cried as he revealed to Davao media how Duterte intervened when he was down and out.

Until now, Regino said, Duterte continues to support him.

The popular singer told Davao media during the “get together” dinner at the Matina Enclaves Friday night, he never expected Duterte to call him.

Regino retired from showbiz because of prostate cancer but he survived, lately however suffers from diabetes. April Boy said he almost went blind and he underwent surgery to be able to see again.

In 2015, Regino was diagnosed with diabetes, which caused him to slowly lose his eyesight.

He also opened a resto bar, which keeps him busy. Regino admitted that he has lost hope, until Duterte called him and gave him strength.

He once said “Wala na po akong ganang kumanta. Simula po nung nabulag ako eh, parang bang nawalan na ako ng pag-asa sa buhay ko, nawalan na ako ng ganang mabuhay, kaya hindi ko na inisip na kakanta pa uli ako,” he said, adding that he opened his bar to keep him busy.

“I lost my inspiration to sing since I lost my eyesight, I feel like I lost hope to live, lost will to survive, I didn’t entertain the thought of singing).

Regino admitted he drawing strength from Duterte who is supporting him and his wife in their day to day living.

“Maraming, Maraming salamat po mahal na pangulo, Kaya po ako bumangon. (Thank you, Thank you my beloved president, that’s why I am coping).”

Despite his handicap, Duterte avails Regino’s services to sing in some public functions.-EZC/Newsline.ph