President Duterte goes Shalala Lala with PM Najib at dinner

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak shakes hands with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during a welcoming ceremony at the prime minister's office in Putrajaya on Nov 10, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

PUTRAJAYA - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ended his first official visit to Malaysia on a high note - quite literally.

He was hosted to dinner on Thursday (Nov 10) by Prime Minister Najib Razak and the two leaders bonded over a singing session.

They sang Shalala Lala, a popular song by Vengaboys, and judging by a video posted on Facebook by Philippine presidential adviser Jesus Dureza, Mr Najib looked like he was enjoying himself.

Cheers and applause could be heard from the government officials and other guests attending the dinner, with several of them dancing as the two leaders belted out the song.

"Great jamming by top caliber VIPs. Music is really very unifying,'' netizen Romy Garzon wrote on Mr Dureza's Facebook page.

Another netizen, Anselma Diaz Fiel, commented: "This is what world leaders should do, make beautiful memories together, and serve the people sincerely!"

Besides the song with his Malaysian host, Mr Duterte also gamely did a solo with Wind Beneath My Wings. Not to be outdone, Mr Najib sang The Young Ones, which prompted a comment from Toto Dante Susi on Facebook: "The 'young once' not the 'young ones' anymore.. Hehe"

Mr Duterte was on a two-day trip to Malaysia, his first official visit to the country. On Thursday, Mr Najib announced that the Philippines will allow Malaysian and Indonesian maritime forces to pursue Islamist kidnappers into its waters. The talks between the two leaders had focused on recurring kidnappings at sea by Philippine-based Islamic militants.

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