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Bawal na ang birit! Bill imposing P100k fine for wrong singing of nat’l anthem goes to Senate

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The Senate is set to deliberate a bill imposing stiffer penalties for the incorrect singing of the national anthem following the House of Representatives’ approval on third and final reading of the measure strengthening the rules on the use and display of the country’s official symbols.

Under House Bill 5224, a fine ranging from P50,000 to P100,000 will be imposed on anyone found to be violating provisions of the proposed law, which include the correct singing of the national anthem.

The bill states that the national anthem should be sung in accordance with the musical arrangement and composition of Julian Felipe: in 2/4 beat when played, and within the range of 100 to 120 metronome, in 4/4 beat when sang.

HB 5224, which will repeal Republic Act No. 8491 or the “Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines” if passed into law, also requires that the Philippine flag be permanently hoisted, day and night throughout the year, in front of government institutions and other places such as the Malacañang Palace, the buildings of the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Court, the Rizal Monument in Luneta, and other places as may be designated by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), among others.

The period from May 28 (National Flag Day) to June 12 (Independence Day) of each year is declared as Flag Days, during which all government offices, business establishments, institutions of learning and private homes are obligated to display the flag and observe proper ceremonies.

For private buildings and residences, the flag shall be displayed or raised in front every April 9 (Araw ng Kagitingan), May 1 (Labor Day), May 28 (National Day Flag) to June 12 (Independence Day), last Monday of August (National Heroes Day), November 30 (Bonifacio Day), December 30 (Rizal Day), and on such days as may be declared by the President and/or local chief executives.