- House Senior Deputy Majority Leader Jesus Crispin Remulla was caught taking down notes during the playing of “Lupang Hinirang”
- He immediately apologized for the incident and said that he is willing to pay fine if asked to do so
- However, he accused the ABS-CBN people for “playing” the viral video on social media
- According to the Section 38 of the Republic Act 8491, everyone should stand at attention and sing the national anthem “with fervor” when played
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House Senior Deputy Majority Leader Jesus Crispin Remulla was caught taking down notes while the national anthem was playing before the start of the House joint panel hearing regarding the ABS-CBN franchise renewal.
KAMI learned that Remulla blamed the Kapamilya network for playing it on social media.
In a report by the CNN Philippines (authored by Vince Ferreras), Remulla already apologized for the incident. He explained that something went to his mind that he wanted to ask during the hearing.
"I’d like to apologize for an earlier incident na ako po’y may ’sinusulat na note nung nag-flag ceremony tayo,” he said.
"Ang sa akin ho, I wrote the note—hindi ko ho excuse ‘to—because something went into my mind for the questions I will ask tonight. Ako’y humihingi ng dispensa sa ating mga kababayan," he added.
Remulla also said that he will forgive ABS-CBN after accusing the network of playing the video on social media.
“As usual, the ABS-CBN people are the ones playing it up now on social media. But I will forgive them,” he shared.
The Congressman also said that he is willing to pay the penalty if he is asked to do so.
According to the Section 38 of the Republic Act 8491 or the Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines, everyone should stand at attention and sing the national anthem “with fervor” when it is being played.
"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," it read in the law.
Those found guilty of violating this law will be fined with P5,000 up to P20,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.
The ABS-CBN Network is one of the biggest broadcasting company in the Philippines. However, the National Telecommunications Commission ordered to shut it down while the franchise renewal is still being processed.
Recently, the NTC will be issuing an alias cease and desist order against the ABS-CBN TV Plus shows that continue to air.
Given the current situation of ABS-CBN, many famous celebrities cried foul regarding the new wave of network shut down.
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