Almost 40 people were recently arrested in Batangas & Laguna when they did not bother to stand up during the playing of the Philippine National Anthem inside certain cinemas. Kudos to the #PNP for implementing the law. Bluntly put, aprub na aprub ako sa ginagawa ng mga pulis.
I dunno how I got to truly respect the flag and the anthem but as far as I can recall, I have always been respectful of these heraldic items. Thank goodness I married someone who shares the same fervor so, naturally, we taught our kids to pay the deepest respects to the flag and the anthem when it is being played. We also taught them to stand very still and to put their right hand on their chest wherever they may be when the anthem begins to play.
Here's a section of the law that states why and how we should behave when Lupang HInirang is being played and what could happen to you if you're pasaway (unruly) --
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 8491
CHAPTER 2 SECTION 38. When the National Anthem is played at a public gathering, whether by a band or by singing or both, or reproduced by any means, the attending public shall sing the anthem. The singing must be done with fervor (emphasis added). As a sign of respect, all persons shall stand at attention and face the Philippine flag, if there is one displayed, and if there is none, they shall face the band or the conductor. At the first note, all persons shall execute a salute by placing their right palms over their left chests. Those in military, scouting, citizen’s military training and security guard uniforms shall give the salute prescribed by their regulations. The salute shall be completed upon the last note of the anthem.
CHAPTER VII - PENALTIES
SECTION 48. Failure or refusal to observe the provisions of this Act; and any violation of the corresponding rules and regulations issued by the Office of the President shall, after proper notice and hearing, be penalized by public censure which shall be published at least once in a newspaper of general circulation.
The Department of Education, Culture and Sports and the Commission on Higher Education, upon the recommendation of the Institute and after the proper notice and hearing, shall cause the cancellation of the recognition of permit of any private educational institution which fails or refuses to observe the provisions of this Act for the second time.
SECTION 49. The Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) and the Commission on Higher Education shall ensure that the National Anthem, as adopted by law, shall be committed to memory by all students of both public and private educational institutions, and performed during the flag ceremony conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations issued by the Office of the President. In addition, they shall make available the vocal, piano or band scores of the National Anthem, as adopted by law, to all private and public schools, as well as he general public.
SECTION 50. Any person or judicial entity which violates any of the provisions of this Act shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not less than Five thousand pesos (5,000.00) not more than Twenty thousand pesos (P20,000.00), or by imprisonment for not more than one (1) year, or both such fine and imprisonment, at the discretion of the court: Provided, That for any second and additional offenses, both fine and imprisonment shall always be imposed: Provided, That in case the violation is committed by a juridical person, its President or Chief Executive Officer thereof shall be liable
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