Improper way of singing "Lupang Hinirang" is a crime.

Philippines
October 4, 2010 11:02pm CST
After too many issue of the improper way of singing our national anthem during many pacquiao fights, the House of Representative approve a bill criminalizing the improper way of singing our national anthem. What a patriotic bill. The bill also seeks to protect the Philippine flag. This impose a P100,000 fine and two-year imprisonment to a performer who will deviate the official musical arrangement of "Lupang Hinirang" composed by Julian Felipe in a marching type tempo. I don’t know a lot about our constitution, but for me, it should not be consider as a crime. What are views regarding this bill, is it worth to make it a criminal act if you sing it improper?
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@onlywan (182)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I think it shouldn't be a criminal act. Its a shame on us Filipinos that we should make this a law in order for us to sing it properly. It should be automatic.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Well if they aren't singing it properly automatically, so we should just wait what happens for say, another 100 years? Maybe they would learn to sing it the way it should be right? The government shouldn't be alarmed and intervene and do drastic measures to instill patriotism in our country right?
5 Oct 10
Be it a crime or not..... this bill would not matter at all..because government could only monitor a small percent of those who are not singing it right...poor artist,,,I've heard a lot of comic versions of our national anthem, Visayans, Tagalog etc on the streets...and I'm in doubt if someone would be fined from now on...like clean air act,..and a lot more...there's a law but its not strictly imposed.. my point is instilling patriotism in our country will take a whole lot more than that.......we need to treat a lot of social sickness first.....this law is non sense for me..if it will be just a law...in writing not on effect.......
@jerikjames (1045)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I definitely think it should be a crime. There are a lot of people who make joke versions of our national anthem. How could anyone think about singing it improperly while knowing fully how our ancestors fought offering their lives so that we would earn our freedom and become a free country which includes having our national symbols like our own flag and national anthem. And people would just take it for granted and disrespect their efforts by singing our anthem improperly. The kind of thinking that it's overboard to penalize improper singing the national anthem is that kind which inhibits us from loving and patronizing our country, thus, inhibiting our growth as a nation and as a country.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I agree that Disloyalty to our country might inhibit our growth as a nation, but I just find it way to sensitive to make it a criminal act.
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• Philippines
5 Oct 10
It's just right so that people would be disciplined and think highly of the anthem. Imagine what our forefathers would feel if they found out that what they did was being taken for granted. Let's just support it. Respect on our own country begets respect of other nations to ours.
@greenpeas (999)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Let the punishment fit the crime. I dont think a faus pas, over-zealousness, or showing off is a serious crime against our country. I think this is just too harsh a punishment. A hard reprimand for first warning, then if they repeat it - a stiff fine or a few days in prison with misdemeanor charge. Take note that this new bill also says you should also get arrested inside a movie theater if the usher or the guard deemed you are not patriotic enough or you failed to stand at attention. So potentially this could become a tool by the criminal-minded to harass law-abiding citizen and ask them for money.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
So this is not only directed to performers or artist. If you could get arrested in any situation where the national anthem is being played because of disrespect, the government should properly inform the entire Filipino citizen about this bill for us to be aware of it.
@chiyosan (29388)
• Philippines
6 Oct 10
crime for singing the national anthem improperly should not be implemented. it should only be treated as reason for penalty.
@kath83 (82)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Yes, I believed that another rendition to our national anthem is a crime, it is stated in the Phil. Constitution that the flag and national anthem is a symbol of being a Filipino. Singers should respect the anthem many battles occurred in other for us to have our on independence. 100 year and more the national anthem will still be here, while singers will not.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I think it is right to pass that kind of bill. With all the improper way of singing from different singers, it is indeed be implemented. It should be sung and performed properly. It should be practiced over and over again before the recital. it should be sung with adequate preparations. I think it is right to pass that bill.
@laniekins (4585)
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
I don't know whether to agree or not in this new bill, all I know is that our National Anthem should be executed perfectly or if not, close to perfection. Any country gives respect in their National Anthem, so the performer should really listen to the original song and study it. A new rendition should not be done. The only performer who sang this right is Charice at President Aquino's inauguration.
@Metatronik (5899)
• Pasay, Philippines
5 Oct 10
I actually agree with it, I mean giving a fine is not enough as many celebrities and performers can afford to pay for it even that is a million. The problem is this has been an issue for so many years and happened for so many times but the truth is we have to be already alarmed by the first time that is was an issue. I think we have been hard headed about this so no wonder that they implement such law like this and now it is consider a crime. We need to respect our own country especially to a prominent composer.
• Philippines
5 Oct 10
Crime is such a strong punishment. How about a sanction or a penalty? But then again, putting it this way, singers would do their best to avoid changing the tune of the national anthem. If this bill would be followed, I wonder how many artists would decline when asked to sing in a Pacquiao fight. Hmm.