National anthem singers in the Philippines face jail

The lower house in the capital, Manila, have voted 196-0 in favour of passing the law which bans improper singing of Lupang Hinirang – which translates as Beloved Land.
With just the Senate left to vote on the proposed ruling, those who get the tune wrong can soon find themselves landed in jail and hit with a fine that exceeds $2,000.
Unpatriotic displays of the Philippine flag will also be a criminal offence under the new legislation.
Representative Salvador Escudero, the bill’s principal author, told reporters that it was proposed to heighten patriotism.
He said: ‘Our Congress has given more teeth to government’s campaign to invigorate patriotism, respect and love of country by singing our anthem properly.’
Escudero has reportedly become frustrated at musicians in the Philippines modifying the national anthem and the fact that many have transformed the flag into t-shirts and shorts.


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    Ammara said,

    ooo harshities? :\
    tis just a flag

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