“Improper” singing of Philippine anthem could soon cost up to 100,000 pesos

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Those singing the Philippine anthem not enthusiastically enough in the eyes of the authorities could be slapped with a fine of between 50,000 and 100,000 pesos ($995-$1,990), according to a new bill approved by the Philippine House of Representatives.

“The singing shall be mandatory when the anthem is played at public gatherings and must be done with fervour,” the bill states. It also provides official music for the tune, which must be adhered to. As a sign of respect, all persons have to face the Philippine flag, if displayed, or the band or conductor; civilians have to salute the flag with their right palm over the left chest.

The bill further makes a wide range of other stipulations, including that everyone (apparently also foreigners) must stand when the first note of the anthem, Lupang Hinirang (Chosen Land), is played – and requiring the school system to ensure every student memorises the words.

There has been a similar regulation before under the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, but with a much lower maximum fine of 20,000 pesos. With the new bill, offenders will also be issued a warning before being “publicly named and shamed” in a national newspaper, and “dishonour or ridicule upon the national anthem shall be penalised.”

The bill has now been sent to the country’s other house of parliament, the senate, for a final reading and approval, which is seen as a formality.

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Those singing the Philippine anthem not enthusiastically enough in the eyes of the authorities could be slapped with a fine of between 50,000 and 100,000 pesos ($995-$1,990), according to a new bill approved by the Philippine House of Representatives.

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Those singing the Philippine anthem not enthusiastically enough in the eyes of the authorities could be slapped with a fine of between 50,000 and 100,000 pesos ($995-$1,990), according to a new bill approved by the Philippine House of Representatives.

“The singing shall be mandatory when the anthem is played at public gatherings and must be done with fervour,” the bill states. It also provides official music for the tune, which must be adhered to. As a sign of respect, all persons have to face the Philippine flag, if displayed, or the band or conductor; civilians have to salute the flag with their right palm over the left chest.

The bill further makes a wide range of other stipulations, including that everyone (apparently also foreigners) must stand when the first note of the anthem, Lupang Hinirang (Chosen Land), is played – and requiring the school system to ensure every student memorises the words.

There has been a similar regulation before under the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, but with a much lower maximum fine of 20,000 pesos. With the new bill, offenders will also be issued a warning before being “publicly named and shamed” in a national newspaper, and “dishonour or ridicule upon the national anthem shall be penalised.”

The bill has now been sent to the country’s other house of parliament, the senate, for a final reading and approval, which is seen as a formality.

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