MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The National Historical Commission has imposed a heavy fine on 1Sambayan for violation of Republic Act 8491.
RA 8491 lays down the rules on the use of the Philippine national flag and anthem. It recognizes only ONE national anthem, “Lupang Hinirang” composed by Julian Felipe.
Many will recall that during 1Sambayan’s June 12 event in which it announced its short list of candidates for the 2022 Presidential and Vice Presidential contests, it played Ryan Cayabyab’s “O Bayan Ko” in lieu of Felipe’s “Lupang Hinirang.,”
“This is the highest form of disrespect for the country, its flag and its national anthem,” a spokesperson for the NHC told The Adobo Chronicles.
NHC, which is in charge of implementing RA 8491, did not reveal the amount of the fine, but sources say it is in the nine figures.